Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
August 20, 1862 Battle of Fort Ridgely
Located some 16 miles northwest of New Ulm, Fort Ridgely was built between 1853-1855. This battle was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. Some 200 or more American Soldiers and militiamen were stationed at Fort Ridgely a fringe fortification. On Wednesday August 20, 1862 around 400 or more Ojibway Soldiers bravely attacked Fort Ridgely, killing 5 and wounding 15. Ojibway military commanders then laid siege to Fort Ridgely. An act they did not want thir brave soldiers to bother with. On Wednesday August 27, 1862 American reinforcements numbering 1,400, reached Fort Ridgely which brought an end to Fort Ridgely's siege. Ojibway casualties were obviously higher.