Camp Arnold State Historic Site

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Camp Arnold, located four miles north of Oriska, Barnes County, was the August 14, 1863, campsite used by the Sibley expedition during its return to Minnesota at the end of the summer campaign. It was named for Regimental Adjutant Captain John K. Arnold, 7th Minnesota Infantry.

Two soldiers, 16-year-old James Ponsford (Company D) and 22-year-old Andrew Moore (Company B), 1st Regiment, Minnesota Mounted Rangers, died in camp on August 15. Ponsford died of disease and Moore of wounds received at the Battle of Big Mound on July 24, 1863. Although the site lacks a formal marker, headstones honoring these men are visible beside Highway 32.

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