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Dakota Datebook: Palmer's Spring in N.D.


August 22, 2022

It was on April 23 in 1868 that six soldiers escorting mail from Fort Totten were ambushed by Yankton and Blackfeet Indians in present-day Benson County.

The group had just begun their midday meal when the Indians, seeing that the soldiers had left their weapons in the mail-wagon, launched their attack from behind a limestone boulder; killing three soldiers in the initial two volleys. As the su...

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