Explore RedfieldAbigail Gardner Commemorative Marker
Redfield, SD 57469
Category: Historical Sites
A concrete obelisks that commemorates the release of Abigail Gardner after 84 days of captivity by Indian renegades. Following an Indian massacre in 1857 near Spirit Lake, Iowa, four women were taken captive by a band of renegade Indians. Of the four women, only two survived. Abigail was held captive for 84 days. She was then purchased by the Yankton Sioux and her freedom was then bought by the government. The cost of her freedom was "two horses, 12 blankets, two kegs of powder, 20 pounds of tobacco and 70 yards of cloth", Abbie wrote in her book.
She was released at a site northeast of Redfield along Turtle Creek.