“A member of Captain Marsh’s company, stationed at Fort Ridgely, at the time of the uprising in 1862, and in the service in 1863, on the Sibley expedition throughout what is now that portion of North Dakota east of the Missouri River, I witnessed, from beginning to end, the stormy scenes attending the outbreak and its suppression, and from contact and observation became very familiar with the history of the Sioux Uprising. But even these facts were but a slight incentive to assume the arduous task of preserving to Northwestern annals, many incidents forever lost, unless passed to the pages of history ere the final departure of the rapidly vanishing participants in those scenes of nearly fifty years ago; for assuredly the waves of time must soon forever close over the unspoken and unwritten of that tragic period.
Though yet in my “teens,” I kept faithfully each day a diary of events, getting information when necessary, from the highest sources of authority, and no day was allowed to pass without the record being preserved. No matter what my tasks, I would keep my diary.”
After O.G. Wall’s distinguished service in the U.S. Dakota War of 1862 and 1863 he learned the printer’s trade; had long experience in the newspaper business in Minnesota; was a postmaster; editor and author. In 1906 he moved with his wife, Maria, to Friday Harbor, Washington State, where he established The Journal. He died August 18th, 1911.
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