Most of the burial detail's food was gone by nightfall. The Minnesota River—their source of fresh water—was blocked by Dakota fire. The men fought...without water and provisions, Anderson said, except one-fourth of a hard cracker...and about one ounce of raw cabbage to a man and (they) joked (with) each other freely in regard to their 'heavy' diet.
Quite a number of our arms, saddles and camp equipments were rendered useless by the destructive fire of the enemy, Anderson remembered.
The firearms that remained undamaged proved to be of limited value. After using up their first rounds of ammunition, the soldiers learned that a supply officer had sent bullets too large for their guns. The men lost time shaving down the oversized bullets.