|Birth: ||May 31, 1845|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 1862|
Seventeen-year-old Uriah Loomis was killed by the Dakota Indians on August 19, 1862. The Dakota, who lived on a nearby reservation, were frustrated with their situation for a variety of reasons. So, beginning on August 18, 1862, they lashed out at the whites, killing hundreds.
Once area settlers became aware of the attacks by the Dakota, most of them in the area fled into New Ulm. Some, however, did not leave their farms, as they did not believe the reports, or had not heard them. Consequently, the next morning, August 19, a party of just under 20 men left New Ulm, heading for Leavenworth Township, which was some 20 miles to the west. This party, which became known as the Leavenworth Rescue Expedition, found some wounded people who were taken back to New Ulm. The remainder of the party split up, but planned to get back together before returning to New Ulm. But there was a mix-up, and one party reached the outskirts of New Ulm about 3 p.m. Here, they could see that some Dakota were in the area between them and New Ulm. It just so happened that the Dakota were attacking New Ulm that day. The rescue expedition decided to go into the town in spite of the presence of the Dakota. They were ambushed by the Dakota while going through some long grass, and five of the party died, including Uriah's brother, Almond.
Uriah was with the second group, and they approached the same spot a half hour later. They too determined to go into town, and were also attacked, with six, including Uriah being killed. Only one survived.
The inscription on Uriah's gravestone reads "Uriah Loomis, Killed by Indians, Aug. 19, 1862, Aged 17 Years." It is likely that another victim, Tore Olson, is probably buried in the same coffin with Uriah. The August 29, 1862 issue of the "St. Paul Daily Press" quotes from a diary kept by O. M. Crary, who was at New Ulm at the time. His diary entry for August 20 reads "Mr. Lumis --- died from wounds; buried in the same coffin with Orlsten." Almond's nearby gravestone contains both his name and that of William Tuttle, so they are also very likely in the same coffin, and not just the same grave. A historic marker near the Loretto Hospital marks the location where the attacks occurred.
Uriah's story is related in two books by Curtis Dahlin: "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories,' pages 52-55, published in 2007, and "The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History,' pages 121-122, published in 2009.
New Ulm City Cemetery
Created by: Curtis Dahlin
Record added: Mar 09, 2009
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