Department of Dakota

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Department of Dakota
Active 1866–1911
Country United States
Branch Army
Type administrative district
Part of Division of the Missouri
Headquarters Fort Snelling, Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
Alfred H. Terry
Winfield S. Hancock

A subdivision of the Division of the Missouri, the Department of Dakota was established by the United States Army on August 11, 1866 to encompass all military activities and forts within Minnesota, Dakota Territory and Montana Territory. The Department of Dakota was initially headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, and then moved to St.Paul in March 1867. The department was discontinued in 1911.


Department of Dakota Forts


Dakota Territory


North Dakota

South Dakota


(Wyoming Territory became attached to the Department of the Platte on July 25, 1868)


  • Raphael P. Thian, Notes Illustrating the Military Geography of the United States, 1813-1880 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1881; reprinted Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1979).
  • Francis Paul Prucha, A Guide to the Military Posts of the United States, 1789-1895 (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1964).