Dakota Territory in the Civil War

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During the Civil War, the Dakota Territory contributed one battalion with two companies.  The companies helped defend against Indian raids.[1] The Dakota Territory became an organized territory on March 2, 1861. It included much of present-day Montana and Wyoming. The Dakota Territory was divided into the states of North Dakota and South Dakota on November 2, 1889.[2]

Military Units

  • 1st Battalion, Dakota Cavalry (Union)
    Organized: Company A at Yanktown, Dakota Territory., April, 1862 and Company B at Sioux City, Iowa, March 31, 1863.
    Mustered out: Company A on May 9, 1865 and Company B on Nov. 15, 1865.



  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: (accessed 29 July 2011).
  2. Wikipedia contributors. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_in_the_American_Civil_War Dakota Territory}, (accessed 29 July 2011).