Whitestone Hill State Historic Site, Kulm

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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.

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.
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  • If you are interested in Civil War or Indian War History this State Park is a must-visit. Information at the park on the events that took place here is sketchy so read up about the site before you...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • I could feel the death and destruction that happened in this place.!!😔 The grounds were neat, clean, well cared for. This is a desolate location with a beautiful prairie setting getting there.
  • So much ND History! This is one of my favorites! Lake, camping, monuments, and a TeePee!!

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