|Death: ||May 2, 1865|
Blue Earth County
In 1865, the Jewett family consisting of Andrew, his wife Harriet, their son William,and Andrew's parents Mark and Susan, were living in Rapidan Township in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Beginning in August, 1862, the Dakota Indians who were living on a reservation were frustrated with their situation for a variety of reasons. As a consequence, they went to war against the whites, killing an estimated 600 men, women, and children. Even though the main part of the war ended in 1862, small Dakota raiding parties continued to plague the settlements in Minnesota into 1865. Early in the morning of May 2, 1865, a party of Dakota attacked the Jewetts at their home, killing Andrew, Harriet, and Susan, and mortally wounding Mark. Two-year-old William was wounded in the head with a tomahawk, but he survived. The Dakota also killed a Jewett relative, Charles Tyler, who was cutting wood nearby.
The killings were discovered several hours later, and Mark was able to relate what had taken place durng the attack. Later in the day, a suspicious citizen saw a mixed-blood named John Campbell walking toward Mankato. Campbell, who had been with the Dakota who attacked the Jewetts, was taken into Mankato. Authorities found $500 in cash on Campbell, which had been stolen from the Jewetts. He also had on some clothing taken from the Jewetts.
The next day, May 3, a large crowd of whites formed in Mankato, with the intention of meting out justice to Campbell. Some wanted Campbell held for trial, but others did not as they did not trust the authorities to deliver justice. Those who wanted Campbell hanged prevailed, took over custody of Campbell, and hanged him. The other Dakota in the raiding party managed to escape Minnesota, but a number of them were intercepted and killed by Dakota Indian scouts working for the white authorities in Dakota Territory.
The Jewetts are buried in the Garden City Cemetery, near the grave of Charles Tyler. The story of the Jewetts is related in two books by Curtis Dahlin: "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories," page 91, published in 2007, and "The Dakota Uprising: A Pictorial History," pages 137-138, published in 2009.
Harriet Bentley Jewett (1836 - 1865)*
Garden City Cemetery
Blue Earth County
Created by: Curtis Dahlin
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
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