Inquiring minds: Was Fort Snelling ever actually attacked?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.    Fort Snelling was founded to protect white settlers in Minnesota. Was it ever actually attacked?

A.     The fort, which was completed in 1821, was never attacked, but it did serve as a kind of psychological fortress for the early settlers, as well as a physical bulwark. The state’s first Protestant church was organized in the fort, and it served as a social hall for dances and entertainments in the early days of the territory.
Another one of the functions of the fort was to serve as a distribution point for payments for land acquired from the Indians.  Unfortunately, the agents who were assigned this duty were noteworthy mainly for their incompetence and corruption.
(Compass American Guides: Minnesota.)

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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