Whitestone Hill Historic Site, Kulm
Whitestone Hill State Historic Site, located 23 miles southeast of Kulm, Dickey County, marks the scene of the fiercest clash between Indians and white soldiers in North Dakota. On September 3, 1863, General Alfred Sully's troops attacked a tipi camp of Yanktonai, some Dakota, Hunkpapa Lakota, and Blackfeet (Sihasapa Lakota), as part of a military mission to punish participants of the Dakota Conflict of 1862. In the ensuing battle, many Indian men, women, and children died or were captured. Military casualties were comparatively light. The Indians also suffered the destruction of virtually all of their property, leaving them nearly destitute for the coming winter.Take the guesswork out of planning a Kulm vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
Today, Whitestone Hill State Historic Site includes a portion of the battlefield and a small museum with exhibits explaining the 1863 Sibley and Sully expeditions and the Battle of Whitestone Hill (the museum burned November 2009 and is currently being renovated). There are two monuments, one honoring the Indian dead and a second commemorating the soldiers who died in the battle. A marker also recognizes two early settlers, Tom and Mary Shimmin.
Whitestone Hill Historic Site Reviews
In September 1863, an summer expedition of American soldiers led by General Alfred Sully - which was dedicated to punish the Dakota Sioux Indians responsible for the 1862 Sioux Uprising - stumbled upo... more »
On Sep. 3, 1863, the 6th Iowa Cavalry and the 2nd Nebraska led by General Alfred Sully attacked a tipi camp of Sioux Indians in what was called the bloodiest conflict to ever be fought on North Dakota... more »
Love learning about history & disappointed at the upkeep of the monuments. Really quiet when I was there. The drive back in there was relaxing although it was about 98 degrees when I got there but still pretty nice. A tended (I think) does live on the premises. There’s a campground just up the road with some picnic areas around the memorial site.
Wow, what a nearly pristine battle site. The monument is sublime. Remote but that really accentuates the story of the battle. I love this site.
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