I would like to reply to the Your View “Be careful how you teach your history” in the Feb. 15 Free Press.
I believe this letter was in response to my Feb. 9 letter to the editor. Rick Lybeck assumes, incorrectly, that I speak for Brown County and New Ulm. I speak for my nine Dakota and white ancestors who were involved in the Dakota War of 1862. Two were killed by Indians on Aug. 18, 1862. Two were taken to Mankato to be hanged. President Lincoln granted them reprieves.
Lybeck diverts this discussion to a monument in New Ulm which bears the names of 109 whites killed by Indians in Brown County in 1862. Yes, the monument has swastikas on it. The Brown County Historical Society is just two blocks from this monument.
Did Lybeck stop there to learn why? Instead, he draws conclusions.
Symbols on a monument in New Ulm should not distract from the fact that Blue Earth County and Mankato are failing to remember whites who died in their county in 1862.