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 John Buhrer

John Buhrer

Birth
Germany
Death 20 Aug 1862 (aged 34)
Nicollet County, Minnesota, USA
Burial New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 34214503 · View Source
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In 1862, John Buhrer (or Buchro or Buehro) was living with his family in Cairo Township in Renville County, Minnesota. On August 18, 1862, the Dakota Indians who lived on a reservation just across the Minnesota River from Buhrer, went to war against the whites. The Dakota were frustrated with their situation for a variety of reasons. Buhrer and his neighbor, Felix Smith, discounted the reports of the Dakota killing whites, but they did send their families to nearby Fort Ridgely and the men came there for the night. Mrs. Buhrer wanted her husband John to return to their home and retrieve a green silk dress she had left there. Both John and Felix went on this mission on August 20. As it turned out, the Dakota attacked Fort Ridgely that day, and killed the two men as they tried to get back into the fort. There are four enties on Buhrer's gravestone, with Buhrer's being in the upper right corner. The inscription reads "John Buhrer, Died Aug. 20, 1862, Aged 34 Yrs., 4 Mos., and 14 days." His story is related on age 84 of "Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories," published in 2007 by Curtis Dahlin.


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  • Created by: Curtis Dahlin
  • Added: 26 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34214503
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Buhrer (6 May 1828–20 Aug 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34214503, citing New Ulm City Cemetery, New Ulm, Brown County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Curtis Dahlin (contributor 47099816) .