The Battle of Birch Coulee

The Battle of Birch Coulee (HM1CL5)

Location: Morton, MN 56270 Renville County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 34.525', W 94° 58.524'

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Just before sunrise on September 2, 1862, the sharp crack of a warning shot signaled the start of the Battle of Birch Coulee.

One of the bloodiest battles of the U.S.-Dakota War was fought here. For a day and a half, this place echoed with the sounds of gunfire, the moans of wounded men, and the cries of terrified horses. More than 20 men and 90 horses were killed here.

Follow the trail to discover the causes and consequences of the battle.

How did Birch Coulee get its name?

Coulee is a French word for a deep streambed with steep sides, either dry or filled with water. Birch Coulee is in the wooded area off to you right, where paper birch trees were once plentiful.

Dakota people call this place tanpa yukan, or "place of the white birch."

Minnesota Historical Society
Birch Coulee Battlefield
HM NumberHM1CL5
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
Marker Condition
5 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 3:41am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DENNIS SPRUNG  [2] DENNIS SPRUNG  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 343162 N 4937684
Decimal Degrees44.57541667, -94.97540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 34.525', W 94° 58.524'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 34' 31.50" N, 94° 58' 31.44" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 34999 Co Hwy 2, Morton MN 56270, US
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There was a lot of tall weeds in front that we pushed down to get a good picture ,there is also a couple of stones missing from the marker.

Aug 18, 2015 at 1:32pm PDT by snowcap

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