• First Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Agency, Morton, Minnesota.

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    First Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Agency, Morton, Minnesota
    • Date
    • 1862
    • Description
    • View of the First Episopal Church under construction in the summer of 1862. This first church was known as St. John Evangelist, but was never completed. It was destroyed on August 18, 1862 during the Dakota Conflict of 1862. The church is now known a... more
      View of the First Episopal Church under construction in the summer of 1862. This first church was known as St. John Evangelist, but was never completed. It was destroyed on August 18, 1862 during the Dakota Conflict of 1862. The church is now known as St. Cornelia's Church at Lower Sioux Agency. less
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    • This image may not be reproduced without written consent of the Renville County Historical Society.
    • Partner
    • Minnesota Digital Library; Renville County Historical Society, 441 North Park Drive, Morton, Minnesota 56270; http://www.renvillecountyhistory.com
    • Contributing Institution
    • Renville County Historical Society
    • Is Part Of
    • http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/ref/collection/ren/id/337

The tensions that led to the 1862 US-Dakota War finally came to a head when a group of Dakota, their families pushed to the point of starvation due to the creeping encroachment of Whites on their lands, attacked farms in southern Minnesota in an attempt to drive settlers out of the region. During the US-Dakota War, two factions of Dakota became clear – the nativist Dakota who wanted the Whites gone, and the Christianized Dakota who refused to participate in the battles.

 This 1862 image depicts the beginning stages of St. John the Evangelist First Episcopal Church at the Lower Sioux Agency in Morton, Minnesota. The church was never completed, having been specifically targeted by the Dakota during the conflagration.