The Spirit Lake Massacre 1857

[ 1857 ]

In revenge for the killing of several Siux Indians by a white trader, a band of Sioux under Chief Inkpaduta (fl. 1850s) raided a newly built white settlement near Spirit Lake in northwestern Iowa on March 8-12, 1857. The Indians murdered 32 men, women and children and carried off four women, two of whom were subsequently killed; of the two surviving female captives, one was set free voluntarily and the other was ransomed. A detail from Fort Ridgely in Minnesota later pursued the Sioux under Inkpaduta but failed to catch them.

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