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 William B. Carroll

William B. Carroll

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Death 19 Aug 1862 (aged 26)
Brown County, Minnesota, USA
Burial New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 34158342 · View Source
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William B. Carroll and his wife Mercy lived in Leavenworth Township, Brown County, Minnesota. The Dakota Indians who lived on a nearby reservation were frustrated with their situation for a variety of reasons. On August 18, 1862, they decided to go to war against the whites, attacking the Lower Sioux Agency and settlers in nearby Renville and Brown Counties. Upon hearing rumors of the Dakota Uprising on August 18, William went into New Ulm to check things out. The next morning, August 19, a group of about 17 men who became known as the Leavenworth Rescue Expedition, left New Ulm, heading for Leavenworth Township to rescue any settlers who remained there. They did find several wounded people and sent them back to New Ulm. Unknown to William, Mercy had also fled and reached safety in New Ulm. The Expedition split up, returning separately to New Ulm at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively. As things turned out, the Dakota attacked New Ulm in force that day, so when the Expedition returned to New Ulm, they encountered the Dakota. They were both attacked, and Carroll and ten othere were killed. The inscription on William's gravestone reads "William B. Carroll, Killed by Indians, Aug. 19, 1862, Aged 26 Years." William's story is detailed on pages 52 and 53 of "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories," published in 2007 by Curtis Dahlin.


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  • Created by: Curtis Dahlin
  • Added: 24 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34158342
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William B. Carroll (23 May 1836–19 Aug 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34158342, citing New Ulm City Cemetery, New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Dahlin (contributor 47099816) .