Three novels by Candance Simar telling about the tribulations Norwegian immigrants experienced during their first years in Minnesota
Abercrombie Trail: A Novel of the 1862 Uprising
We follow Evan Jacobson from his home in Norway to a job as a stage coach driver in frontier Minnesota at the beginning of the Civil War. The 1862 Sioux Uprising erupts while he is on the trail between Fort Snelling and Fort Abercrombie. Jacobson risks everything to warn Fort Abercrombie of impending danger.
Pomme de Terre: A novel of the Minnesota Uprising
1862 was a tumultuous year in Minnesota history. The youngest state in the Union, Minnesota was one of the first to send men to fight in the Civil War. With the men gone, women and children were left to fend for themselves. The Civil War drained soldiers formerly stationed in Minnesota military outposts leaving the state undermanned and unprotected. Budget woes related to war expenses caused treaty payments to be very late. Indian Agents at the Lower Sioux Agency refused to hand out needed supplies until the gold arrived. The Sioux were starving. The result was the Sioux Uprising of 1862, the largest Indian war in U.S. history. Because it happened between the bloody battles of Shiloh and Antietam, it was largely unknown. Its effects on Minnesota and the Sioux Nation still reverberate today.
1873 Minnesota. Evan and Inga Jacobson struggle to raise their family in the midst of bank failures, grasshoppers and lingering effects of the 1862 Uprising. Harsh economic realities force them to relocate to Otter Tail County where they must begin again in a hostile environment. Ragna Larson, their foster daughter, grows up haunted by her missing sister, Birdie. Though both girls were kidnapped by the Sioux during the Uprising, only one returned. Ragna must make peace with the past before she can move forward with her life. Evan and Inga must do the same.
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