Letter: Change name of Sibley Park

Letter: Change name of Sibley Park


I hope the group that is trying to change the name of Custer Park will be able to do the same with Sibley Park on South Washington Street.

In 1862, broken treaties and fear of starvation led Dakota Natives to migrate west into Dakota Territory. General Sibley and General Alfred Sully were dispatched with U.S. troops to pursue the bands. Sibley and Sully sought retribution by leading their troops to the present vicinity of General Sibley Park.

On July 29, 1863, Dakotas and Lakotas encamped along bluffs of the Missouri River and Apple Creek engaged in a confrontation with Sibley’s troops, resulting in a loss of many lives. Sully’s troops remained in the Dakota Territory for several months, and attacked guilty and innocent bands alike, killing women and children, and burning food, supplies and transportation.

Charles Galloway, Beulah


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