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 Jacob Castor

Jacob Castor

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Death 23 Aug 1862 (aged 30)
Brown County, Minnesota, USA
Burial New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 34185714 · View Source
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Jacob Castor was a 30-year-old baker who in 1862 lived in New Ulm, Minnesota with his wife Elizabeth and their children. On August 18, 1862, the Dakota Indians, who were frustrated with their situation for a number of reasons, started an uprising against the whites. In response, the white settlers around New Ulm flocked into the town, and prepared to defend themselves. The Dakota attacked New Ulm on August 19 and 23, with the latter battle being a closely fought affair. During the battle on the 23rd, Jacob was able to ply his trade, working at his bakery. Towards evening, he took a basket of bread which he planned to distribute to the defenders of the town. Rain began to fall, so Jacob wrapped a blanket over his shoulders. The Dakota also used blankets in the same manner. Jacob was mistook for a Dakota Indian and was shot and killed by a defender. The inscription on Jacob's gravestone, which is in German, reads "Here Rests Jak. Castor, born the 6 October, 1831, murdered by the Indians on 23 August 1862, Rest in Peace." Jacobs story is told in detail on page 59 of "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories," published in 2007 by Curtis Dahlin.


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  • Created by: Curtis Dahlin
  • Added: 25 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34185714
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Castor (6 Oct 1831–23 Aug 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34185714, citing New Ulm City Cemetery, New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Dahlin (contributor 47099816) .