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Eliza Muller
Birth: Apr. 21, 1831
Verwaltungskreis Bern-Mittelland
Bern, Switzerland
Death: Sep. 26, 1876

Wife of Dr. Alfred Muller, the post surgeon at Fort Ridgely. She became known as the quiet hero of Fort Ridgely as a result of her actions when the fort was attacked during the Dakota War.

She took charge of the other women at the fort to load cartridges and care for the wounded. During one of the intense attacks, she helped Sergeant John Jones with one of his cannon artillery guns. The gun had been moved to the officers' quarters and she opened the doors so he could fire from within the building, through the hallway and into the direction of the attack. The foundations of the officers' quarters and the physician's quarters where Eliza lived with her husband are still visible at the Fort Ridgely historic site.

Her last request was to be buried at Fort Ridgely. A monument erected by the state of Minnesota in her honor marks the spot where she was buried.


Curtiss-Wedge, Franklyn. "The History of Renville County, Minnesota, Vol.II."

Keenan, Jerry. "The Great Sioux Uprising: Rebellion on the Plains, August-September, 1862." 
The State of Minnesota to the Memory of Mrs. Eliza Muller, 1877. Her valor and her devotion to the care of the sick and wounded soldiers and refugees during and after the Sioux Indian Outbreak of 1862 will forever be cherished in the hearts of a grateful people.

Mrs. Eliza Muller, wife of Dr. Alfred Muller, born in Berne, Switzerland, April 21, 1831, died Sept. 26, 1876.

Thy Mission on Earth was Unbounded Charity, Thy Reward is Eternal Peace.
Fort Ridgely Cemetery
Nicollet County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Cindy K. Coffin
Record added: Jan 07, 2009
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Eliza Muller
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Eliza Muller
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