Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War by John Christgau

By John Christgau

In the times following the conflict of Birch Coulie, the decisive conflict within the lethal Dakota conflict of 1862, considered one of President Lincoln’s deepest secretaries wrote: “There has hardly ever been a scourge so treacherous, so surprising, so sour, and so bloody, as that which stuffed the country of Minnesota with sorrow and lamentation.” Even at the present time, on the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Dakota conflict, the conflict nonetheless increases questions and stirs controversy. In Birch Coulie John Christgau recounts the dramatic occasions surrounding the conflict. American heritage at its narrative top, his booklet can be a uniquely balanced and actual chronicle of this little-understood clash, probably the most very important to roil the yank West.

Christgau’s account of the struggle among white settlers and the Dakota Indians in Minnesota examines groups torn via inner dissent and exterior risk, whites and local americans both traumatized via the fast and violent struggle. The ebook additionally delves into the aftermath, within which thirty-eight Dakota males have been hanged with out criminal illustration or the looks of security witnesses, the most important mass execution in American heritage. With its surprisingly nuanced standpoint, Birch Coulie brings a welcome degree of readability and perception to a serious second within the heritage of the yankee West.

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