Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising
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"Steven Ulmen is a master storyteller as evidenced by "The Revenge of Little Crow", his highly praised and self-published historical novel of the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota that took place in 1862. Now Ulmen has fine-tuned and re-edited that superb novel to make it even better. It has now been enhanced with respect to historical accuracy and published as "Blood On The Prairie: A Novel Of The Sioux Uprising". A novel of clashing cultures fought out in the closing decades of the 19th century, this is western historical fiction at its best and recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections."-Midwest Book Review - December 2008 - The Fiction Shelf

"Steven M. Ulmen deftly blends elements of the traditional Western novel with sound historical research to create a fast-moving and strikingly rich account of one of the West's most overlooked events: the 1862 Sioux uprising in Minnesota."--Johnny D. Boggs, three-time Spur Award-winning author of NORTHFIELD and CAMP FORD

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In "Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising," the prequel to the western novel, "Toby Ryker," Ryker is transported back to 1862. He finds himself employed as a scout for the Sixth Minnesota Regiment headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. The country is engaged in the civil war, but the 42 year old Ryker misses being sent South when his father, Oliver, suffers a stroke. Ryker is given a leave of absence by his commander, Colonel Crooks, and heads to the north country to be at his father's deathbed.

When Ryker returns to Fort Snelling, he discovers that the Great Sioux Uprising has just occurred on the western frontier of Minnesota. What had been a quiet tour of duty suddenly turns very hot, with Ryker pressed into service as both a guide and an message bearer to and from the camp of Little Crow, who is the leader of the uprising and subsequent massacre. Ryker suffers internal conflict over the war, as he is half Indian himself and can sympathize with both sides of this horrible war.

The story concludes with the hanging of 38 Sioux Indians, by order of President Abraham Lincoln, at Mankato, MN on December 26, 1862.

"Blood on the Prairie - A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" is more fact than fiction, quoting correspondence between Colonel Henry Sibley, the commander of the Indian Expedition, and other officials involved in the conflict. Several actual soldiers are featured throughout the story line. The final chapter, the execution, places the reader at the scene of the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. Both the Indian and settler point of view is presented, allowing readers to form their own conclusions about these events.

The Article and Sketch from Harper's Weekly January 17, 1863(722 kb)
Article:Combining History and Fiction to Create Historical Fiction by Steven Ulmen
Video Slide show on the Sioux Uprising

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