|Death: ||Sep. 3, 1862|
In 1862, William Cobb was living in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was part-owner of a butcher shop. On August 11, 1862, Cobb enlisted in Company A of the Sixth Minnesota Regiment.
The Dakota Indians living in Minnesota were, for a variety of reasons, frustrated with their situation. So, on August 18, 1862, they struck out against the whites, killing hundreds. A military response to the Dakota was organized, with Colonel Henry Sibley in command. His force reached Fort Ridgely in late August, 1862. On August 31, Sibley dispatched a large party to proceed to Renville County and the Lower Sioux Agency, with the purpose of burying victims. They buried many, and the night of September 1, they camped at Birch Coulee.
Just prior to daybreak the next morning, the Dakota attacked, badly mauling the party. Cobb, who was a member of the party, was wounded four times, but he had continued to fight. He died on September 3. Sibley and his force relieved the embattled party on September 3. They buried the victims there, including Cobb, and returned to Fort Ridgely.
Cobb's body was returned to St. Paul in late October, and he was buried in Oakland Cemetery. The inscription on his military gravestone reads "William M. Cobb, Corp Co A, 6 Minn Inf, 1841 1862, KIA." His story is related in "The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History," page 329, published in 2009 by Curtis Dahlin.
Created by: Curtis Dahlin
Record added: Mar 11, 2009
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