1: Trials and Execution
Set 2: First Violence
Cartoon Set 3: Last Battle & Surrender
Little Crow's army didn't take part in the attack. The braves were
spread out along the road when the ambush misfired. The battle lasted
little more than two hours. About 30 braves were killed, but only
7 soldiers. The uprising was over and Little Crow's power was gone.
Soon a half breed named Campbell
came to Sibley with a message that the Sioux desired peace. Sibley's
answer was brief; Only after the white women and children held prisoner
were delivered to him would he talk peace!
While the warriors were at
Wood lake a few friendly Indians gathered most of the prisoners in a camp
across the river from what is now Montevideo. Chief Wabasha moved
his people to the same area after the battle and sent a message telling
Sibley of the location.
The next day, Little Crow with about 100 braves escaped into the Dakotas. Before leaving he demanded that all the prisoner be killed. But his influence was gone. Wabasha insisted the prisoners be spared so that those Indians who remained might receive better treatment.
Sibley marched his army up,
first holding a dress parade near the Hazelwood mission to impress in Indians.
Then he advanced to the Indian camp. It was soon renamed Camp Release.
The Indians made speeches disclaiming
any part in the murder of whites. Then they released their prisoners.
Altogether, 269 prisoners, mostly women, were delivered to Sibley at Camp
Release on Sept. 26.
Now began the last phase of Sibley's campaign -- the punishment of the Sioux. While some Indians had fled, many remained in the area. They preferred to face the white man's wrath rather than winter on the Dakota plains. Sibley began to round them up to learn who were guilty of taking part in the uprising.