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September 3, 1862 Siege of Fort Abercrombie

This battle was a part of Mullan Road War. A list of Mullan Road War battles is above. It took place at Fort Abercrombie which was located 30 miles south of what is now Fargo, North Dakota, 55 miles west of Ottertail Pillager Chippewa Reservation and 49 miles southwest of White Earth Reservation. On Saturday August 30, 1862 a small force of brave Ojibway Soldiers appeared just outside Fort Abercrombie which was built in 1857, then rounded up loose cattle which belonged to Fort Abercrombie. Then on Wednesday September 3, 1862 Ojibway Soldiers returned again but now they numbered close to 500 soldiers, and attacked Fort Abercrombie. It was probably a lack of modern day weapons of war, Ojibway Soldiers were without, that allowed American Soldiers to continue to keep their fortification under their control throughout Fort Abercrmbie Siege. Again on September 4, 5 and 6, Ojibway Soldiers attacked Fort Abercrombie enduring dismal failures. Their fort was strongly built and had howitzers to use, which proved effective against Ojibway Soldiers, who had to depend largely on primitive weapons like bows and arrows, spears and war clubs. It was a horrible defeat for Ojibway Soldiers. Ojibway casualties may have been close to 30, with maybe 15 to 20 killed. American casualties were only 3, which can be attributed to their strong fortification they hid in, while Ojibway Soldiers assaulted it. That part of Red River Colony located in Minnesota and North Dakota, was 100 miles north of Fort Abercrombie. Ojibway Soldiers kept their American enemy confined to that fort.

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