Letters belonging to Mrs. Arnold, sister-in-law of Pvt. Hair are part of the museum archives and we can get a picture of life at the fort during these years.
On May 2, 1863, Pvt. Adam Hair and Cpl. Zenas Blackman set out in search of goose eggs and were ambushed by Indians. They were buried in an unmarked grave just outside the fort walls under a wagon box turned upside down where they rested until 1929 when members from local American Legions decided to track down the stories they had heard years before. A granite marker was placed by the Elbow Lake American Legion in 1932.
Replicas of the fort, artifacts collected from the site as well as extensive articles, are available at the Museum.
By Merilyn Schaeffer Mau 3.17.22
Photos of model by Tom Grout
Photo of tombstone by Merilyn Mau
PLEASE NOTE: The site of Fort Pomme de Terre is not accessible to the public as it is enclosed by private land.
SOURCES of materials available at the Grant County Historical Society
Larson, Constance. Douglas and Grant Counties Minnesota Volume I 1916
Goetzinger, William M. A Frontier Outpost in Grant County June 1962
HDQRS Dist. Of Minn., Dept of the Northwest Saint Paul,MN 1864
St. Cloud Democrat, May 7, 1863
Saint Paul Press, May, 13, 1863 “ Murders Near Pomme de Terre”
Preston Republican (from St. Paul Press) May 22, 1863
Chatfield Democrat, May 3 1863
Vertical Files at GCHS
Family files: Memories of C.H. Phinney ca 1935
Family files: Memories and hand drawn map Rose Burns Johnson
The Eighth Regiment, Roster of Company D.
Company C. Hatch’s Battalion roster
MHSC: hand drawn maps of exterior of fort by artist Jonathan Burnett Salisbury 1863
Collection of private letters written by Adam Hair to his wife, Frankie.
Memories of Mrs. Arnold about life at the fort 1862-1864.
Other Independent research reports