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Radnor Clifton Earle
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1847
Death: Aug. 19, 1862
Renville County
Minnesota, USA

Born in 1847, he was the son of Jonathan Earle and Amanda Macomber. He was killed in the US-Dakota War (or "Sioux Uprising of 1862") near his home in Renville County, Minnesota when he was 15 years of age.

On the morning of August 19, 1862, twenty-eight white settlers gathered at the Earle home after hearing that the Lower Sioux Agency was under attack. As some of the settlers tried to leave, a half mile from the Earle house, seventy-five Dakota warriors leaped from the prairie grass and surrounded the refugees. One of the settlers, Helen Carrothers, could speak the Dakota language and pleaded for their lives. One of the Indians agreed to spare them if they surrendered their horses and wagons. The party continued on foot and had gone no more than a mile when the Indians began to chant the Dakota death song. Shots rang out. Everyone rushed to take cover. Jonathan Earle saw a group of braves carry off his wife. His seven-year old daughter begged him to take her away, but Earle refused. He testified later that he believed that the Indians would not harm the other women and children and knew he could not escape if he had the child with him, so he told his daughter to go back and stay with her mother.

Earle fired one shot at the Indians as he ran, then threw away his rifle. He then caught up with his son Radnor, who was carrying a shotgun loaded with pebbles. As Earle ran past, he shouted at Radnor to shoot at the Indians who were chasing them. The boy obeyed. He dropped down into the tall prairie grass, waited for his father to get some distance away, and fired. Earle glanced back and saw two Indians closing in on his son. He yelled at the boy, but there was no answer.

"Noble boy," Earle later wrote. "He saved my life by the sacrifice of his own."

The Earle Monument is located on the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 12, Beaver. It is erected in honor of Radnor Earle, a boy who gave up his life defending his father, and marks the place where he is buried. Soon after the Massacre the father and other members of the family erected on the spot a monument on which was a lamb, looking in the direction in which the enemy came on that fatal morning in August. After the father died, this monument was moved and placed near the father's burial place at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars, Plymouth County, Iowa. The spot then remained unmarked until the present monument was erected. It is worthy of note that the soil above the devoted boy has never been disturbed since the day the body was buried. Though it is is in a cultivated field, the plowmen had left it untouched, until with the years the drifting dust and annual vegetation has caused a mount to form, on the top of which the monument is located. (bio by: Cindy K. Coffin)

Burial location:

Beaver Falls Township, Renville County, Minn.
Township 113 North, Range 35 West, Sec. 22
(from Renville Genealogical Society)


Sources:

Curtiss-Wedge, Franklyn. "The History of Renville County, Minnesota," pages 1345-1346. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan W Earle (1816 - 1874)
  Amanda Macomber Earle (1820 - 1894)
 
Burial:
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: NW qtr. of the SE qrt. of Sec. 12, Beaver twp., Renville Co., MN
 
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Jan 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32694060
 


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