Whitestone Hill Battlefield
This monument commemorates the Civil War battle that took place between North Dakota's Sioux Indians and the United States Army near this location on September 3rd, 1863. The battle began when cavalry led by General Alfred Sully attacked a large encampment of Sioux Indians. The battle claimed the lives of 150 or more Sioux along with 156 prisoners that included Sioux men, women, and children. The United States Army lost 20 men in addition to around 50 who were wounded. The battlefield site contains a marker, two monuments, one for Indians and one for Americans, and a museum built in 1941 containing exhibits on the battle and the expeditions of Sully and his counterpart Sibley. The site also contains a picnic area with a shelter, table, pit toilets, and a parking lot, all beside a small lake.
Backstory and Context
Whitestone Battlefield State Historic Site serves to remember the lives lost at the site on both sides. A large monument erected in 1909 stands to remember the troops that lost their lives for their country. A monument is also in place to remember the Sioux who were lost in the bloodshed. The museum, built in 1941, contains exhibits on the battle as well as Sulley and Sibley's campaigns into North Dakota in 1863.
Project, North Dakota Studies. "The History and Culture of the." Tribal Historical Overview - Whitestone Hill. Accessed March 24, 2017. http://www.ndstudies.org/resources/IndianStudies/standingrock/whitestone.html.
Project, North Dakota Studies. "The History and Culture of the." Documents - Document 1 - Sioux Pictograph of the Whitestone Hill Battle. Accessed March 24, 2017. http://www.ndstudies.org/resources/IndianStudies/standingrock/docs_whitestone.html.
"Battle Summary: Whitestone Hill, ND." National Parks Service. Accessed March 24, 2017. https://www.nps.gov/abpp/battles/nd004.htm.
"Whitestone Hill - History." Whitestone Hill - History - State Historical Society of North Dakota. Accessed March 24, 2017. http://history.nd.gov/historicsites/whitestone/whitestonehistory.html.
"Recreation/Tourism Info." Recreation/Tourism - Edgeley, ND . Accessed March 24, 2017. http://www.edgeley.com/index.asp?SEC=121EED9B-A1CA-42A9-BBBF-65B6ED58E9F0&Type=B_BASIC.