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The occupants of the town were principally engaged in defending
it against the attack at the upper end. Where they had already built a barricade across Minnesota street, the principal one
of the town, and running about parallel with the general course of the river. Some parties, however, under the superintendence
of Samuel Coffin, of Swan Lake, Nicollet county, were building another barricade across the same street lower down, so as
to include the most densely built portion between the two.
Upon consultation by Henry A. Swift and some of the leading
citizens of the place, as D. G. Shillock, John C. Rudolph, Charles Wagner, Peter Sherer, Captain Nix, John Hauenstein. and
others equally prominent, but whose names the writer cannot now recall, with the Boardman party, it was deemed advisable to
send another messenger to Captain Flandrau. L. M. Boardman had the best horse and then in best condition, and volunteered
for this dangerous service. The only route left was by the upper ferry, abreast the town, but about half a mile distant over
low ground. He started at once, and some Indians could be seen running from the lower end of the town, across this low ground,
toward the ferry which he was trying to reach, and firing occasionally at him. Luckily, however, as they had to keep out of
gunshot of the town, they could not reach him, and he crossed the ferry in safety.
A wounded refugee had been left in a house in the extreme
lower end of the town. At the request of D. G. Shillock, of New Ulm, one of the Boardman party, mounted, raised a squad of
volunteer footmen, and accompanied Shillock to bring the wounded man within the barricade. This man, though badly wounded
about the body, was able to walk slowly, with the help of Shillock and another. The Indians fired on this party several times,
but at too long distance for execution, being kept down behind a ridge of ground by the counter fire of the whites. The wounded
man was brought in safely. This was a short time before sunset.