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Mary Schwandt
(CAPTIVE TRAVELLING WOMAN)
BIRTH
1848
DEATH
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Born in Germany, she settled with her parents in Minnesota. She was 16 when she decided to go into service in a neighboring household; it was from there that she was kidnapped at the outbreak of the Dakota Wars. Interned at Little Crow's camp, she learned that her parents had been flayed and killed. She owed her survival to the help of an old squaw and her daughter, who were Christians. She published her narrative in 1894.





"The story of Mary Schwandt. Her captivity during the Sioux outbreak ”, 1862 in Minnesota Historical Society Collections, vol. 6, Saint-Paul, Minnesota, The Pioneer Press Company 1894, pp 461-474.

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