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Collection Reference Number GLC00203.01
From Archive Folder Collection of documents from Edwin Jackson, D company, 6th regiment, Minnesota, infantry 
Title Edwin Jackson to William Jackson explaining that he and his brother Henry enlisted in the Army in August and have been fighting the Dakota Indians
Date 12 October 1862
Author Jackson, Edwin (fl. 1862-1865)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Jackson writes to tell Bill that he and his brother Henry enlisted in the Army in August and have been fighting the Dakota Indians. He graphically describes the dead left by Dakota attacks on settlers, including a German family and a pregnant woman. He writes about being in two different battles, the Battle of Fort Ridgely and Battle of Wood Lake; he describes combat and how many dead and wounded there were on each side. He declares that the Indian War is over and asks Bill to write him, which he continues to do in virtually every other letter in the collection.
Subjects Battle of Fort Ridgely  Battle of Wood Lake  Soldier's Letter  American Indian History  Battle  Death  Military History  Westward Expansion  Frontiers and Exploration  Infantry  Atrocity  
People Jackson, Edwin (fl. 1862-1865)  Jackson, William (fl. 1862-1865)  Little Crow (d. 1863)  
Place written Camp Yellow Medicine, Minnesota
Theme Native Americans; The American Civil War; Children & Family; Westward Expansion
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Edwin Jackson, a farmer from Minnetonka, Minnesota, served as a private in Company D of the 6th Minnesota Volunteers for three years, from August 1862 to August 1865. His regiment first fought the Dakota Indians in the Dakota-U.S. Conflict of 1862; they then continued fighting Indians in Minnesota, the Dakota Territory, and along the Missouri River. The last fourteen months of his enlistment are spent in various camps in Arkansas, Missouri, and Alabama.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945