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

Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War

byJohn Christgau

Paperback | March 1, 2012

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In the days following the Battle of Birch Coulie, the decisive battle in the deadly Dakota War of 1862, one of President Lincoln’s private secretaries wrote: “There has hardly been an outbreak so treacherous, so sudden, so bitter, and so bloody, as that which filled the State of Minnesota with sorrow and lamentation.” Even today, at the 150th anniversary of the Dakota War, the battle still raises questions and stirs controversy. In Birch Coulie John Christgau recounts the dramatic events surrounding the battle. American history at its narrative best, his book is also a uniquely balanced and accurate chronicle of this little-understood conflict, one of the most important to roil the American West.

Christgau’s account of the war between white settlers and the Dakota Indians in Minnesota examines two communities torn by internal dissent and external threat, whites and Native Americans equally traumatized by the short and violent war. The book also delves into the aftermath, during which thirty-eight Dakota men were hanged without legal representation or the appearance of defense witnesses, the largest mass execution in American history. With its unusually nuanced perspective, Birch Coulie brings a welcome measure of clarity and insight to a critical moment in the troubled history of the American West.

John Christgau (1934-2018), was an award-winning writer on issues of restitution and reconciliation, and is the author of several books, including Enemies: World War II Alien Internment, available in a Bison Books edition.
Title:Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:UNP - Bison OriginalLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803236360

ISBN - 13:9780803236363

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Table of Contents


Author's Note

1. Private Robert K. Boyd

2. Red Iron

3. Little Crow

4. Gray Bird

5. Gaboo

6. Colonel Sam McPhail and Lieutenant Sheehan

7. Dr. Daniels

8. The Messenger

9. Little Paul

10. Epilogues



Editorial Reviews

"John Christgau has captured the facts of the 1862 war and the battle at Birch Coulie in a way that brings them alive to the reader."—Gary Revier, Minnesota's Heritage
- Gary Revier - Minnesota's Heritage