Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling, 1863.

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling, 1863.

Black and white photograph of a Dakota boy at the concentration camp below Fort Snelling, 1863. Photograph by Whitney’s Gallery.

Dakota Boy at Fort Snelling concentration camp

Dakota boy at the concentration camp below Fort Snelling, 1863. Photograph by Whitney’s Gallery.

Black and white photograph of wo Dakota men at the Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Two Dakota men at the Fort Snelling concentration camp

Two Dakota men at the Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Black and white photograph of Apistoka at Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Apistoka at Fort Snelling concentration camp

Apistoka at Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Black and white photograph of two Dakota women at the Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Dakota Women at Fort Snelling concentration camp

Two Dakota women at the Fort Snelling concentration camp, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Joel Emmons Whitney.

Black and white photograph of the the Dakota concentration camp on the river flats below Fort Snelling, c.1862–1863.

Dakota concentration camp below Fort Snelling

View of the Dakota concentration camp on the river flats below Fort Snelling, c.1862–1863. Photograph by Benjamin Franklin Upton.

Sketch of soldiers’ barracks at Fort Snelling, c.1862, by Albert Colgrave.

Sketch of Barracks at Fort Snelling

Sketch of soldiers’ barracks at Fort Snelling, c.1862, by Albert Colgrave.

Black and white photograph of Dr. Thomas R. Potts, c.1855. Potts was the assistant surgeon and medical purveyor at Fort Snelling during the Civil War.

Dr. Thomas R. Potts

Dr. Thomas R. Potts, c.1855. Potts was the assistant surgeon and medical purveyor at Fort Snelling during the Civil War.

Fort Snelling in the Civil and U.S.–Dakota Wars, 1861–1866

During the Civil War era, Fort Snelling served as an induction and training center for nearly twenty-five thousand soldiers. Many of them fought in the Civil War. Around fourteen hundred of the troops raised at the fort served in the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862. After that war, a concentration camp for Dakota non-combatants was established near the fort. Following the Civil War, the fort supported U.S. military expeditions against American Indians and the garrisoning of western posts.

Color image of a Grand Army of the Republic medal owned by Josias R. King.

Grand Army of the Republic medal owned by Josias R. King

Grand Army of the Republic medal owned by Josias R. King.

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