In 1861, President James Buchanan created Dakota Territory. This was the same year the United States divided to fight in the Civil War. Five Civil War era battles were fought in North Dakota. The battles included Big Mound, Dead Buffalo Lake, Stoney Lake, Whitestone Hill, and Killdeer Mountain. These battles were not the North against the South though, they were a part of the Dakota Indian Wars where Generals Sibley and Sully fought against Native Americans, who they believed were responsible for the Minnesota Uprising. These battles created a new way of life in Dakota for both non-Indians and Native Americans.
Finding Aids on the Civil War in North Dakota:
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
Museum Store: 8am - 5pm M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm.
State Archives: 8am - 4:30pm., M-F, except legal holidays, and 2nd Sat. of each month, 10am - 4:30 pm.
State Historical Society offices: 8am - 5pm M-F, except legal holidays.
phone: (701) 328-2666
fax: (701) 328-3710