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The Defenders’ State Monument, commonly called Defenders' Monument, located near the Brown County Courthouse in New Ulm commemorates the lives of those who died defending New Ulm during the August 1862 battles with the Sioux Indians. The statue was erected by the Minnesotan government and dedicated in 1891 at the intersection of Center and State Street which is near the place where the battles were fought. Later it was moved a half block southwest of the intersection and is now in the median on Center Street midway between State and Washington Streets. One of the inscriptions reads, “The monument was erected by the State of Minnesota to commemorate the battles and incidents of the Sioux Indian War of 1862, which particularly relates to the town of New Ulm — 1890. Honored be the memory of the citizens of Blue Earth, Nicollet, LeSueur and adjacent counties, who so gallantly came to the rescue of their neighbors of Brown County and by their prompt action and bravery aided the inhabitants in defeating the enemy in the two battles of New Ulm, whereby the depredations of the savages were confined to the border, which would otherwise have extended to the heart of the State.” The citizens who were killed on August 19, 1862 while returning from a reconnaissance are listed by name as well as those who were killed in the Battle of New Ulm from the 23rd to the 25th. Although some may now find the wording of the monument to be offensive because of the negative description of Native Americans, it should in no way affect the honor of those who died defending their lives and the lives of their neighbors, friends and families.