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In Dakota Territory, a winter storm catches a detachment of cavalry on the trail and several men die

Minnesota Territory, 1857
02/13/1866 to 02/14/1866
Two detachments of Company A, Second Minnesota Volunteer Cavalry, marching between Fort Wadsworth, Dakota Territory and Sauk Center, Minnesota, were struck by a fierce snowstorn that observers called the worst in decades.  One detachment reached their destination intact but the other was forced to halt for the night and a corporal froze to death. The company commander and three men who had gone on ahead with him were never found.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"From Dacotah: A Melancholy Story of Disaster and Suffering," Chicago Tribune, March 1, 1866, p. 2.