Upcoming Events

The Sheep Farm

Coming in 2021

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Galvanized in D.T.

July 29 - August 1 2021

UPDATE - 04/12/2021

Guidelines have been updated!

Hello everyone,

Responding to the poll that was conducted two months ago on the question of having a virtual presentation about the event. Overwhelming most of you want to have that presentation to get more information.

I’ve scheduled a virtual meeting that I hope will give everyone that information and an overview about the Galvanized in D.T. event.

Presentation is scheduled for Sunday, April 25th at 7:00 PM Central Time. We will be using SKYPE Business as the virtual meeting platform.

For those who have already registered for the event, you will receive the link to the Virtual Presentation prior to the time and date.

If you have not registered but are interested in knowing more about the event. Please follow the link below and sign-up to receive the link.


This will be your opportunity to get more information and to ask questions about Galvanized in D.T.

FYI- This presentation will not be recorded and you will not be able to review it later.

I hope to see you all there! Well Virtually that is J.


Thank you,

Joe Beedle

Click here to Register!


UPDATE - 03/01/2021

Registration is now open.

Fee - $18

Registration will close on July 21st 2021

Click here to Register!


UPDATE - 02/20/2021

Registration will open March 1st.

Fee - $18

Registration will close on July 21st 2021


UPDATE - 12/05/2020

New pages added to the website are now live!

Impressions for the events


The Site

Remember that information is posted on the website at www.thesheepfarm.org and our Facebook Page

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Thank you,

Joe Beedle


UPDATE - 07/26/2020

Hello Everyone,

Wanted to update everyone on Galvanized in D.T. event for 2021.

As of the today the event is still on for next year. We will monitor and keep in contact with the Fort Sisseton site and the State of South Dakota for any changes that might have an impact on this event.

The only changes at this time is delaying opening registration. At this time, the plan is to open registration May of 2021. The registration window will be shorter than the past Sheep Farm events, but we wanted to delay registration with what is going on in the world.

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe in our current situation.

Remember that information is posted on the website at www.thesheepfarm.org and our  Facebook Page

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Thank you,

Joe Beedle


Event Information

Event: Galvanized in D.T.
Date: July 29- August 1st 2021
Location: Fort Sisseton, Lake city, SD
Event Staff: Joe Beedle, Bill Hoskins (The Sheep Farm)

Contact: Joe Beedle

Facebook Page

Registration: Projected to open early 2021.

Registration fee: TBA

Military: 1st United States Volunteer Infantry, Co. F.  “Galvanized Yankees”

                3rd Minnesota Artillery – 3rd Section

In July of 1865 the 1st U.S. Vol. Infantry Company F was stationed on at Fort Wadsworth for about a year. These southern men were POW’s that took the oath of office to join the union army (Galvanized Yankees).

Come join us for this event held on the exact ground and relive the life on the frontier as a previous Confederate soldier in the Union Army.  


This event will start Thursday evening (July 29) and will end Sunday (August 1st).


Information about Fort Sisseton:

Fort Sisseton (originally called Fort Wadsworth) was established by Major John Clowney, 30th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on August 1, 1864. Clowney, a Mexican War Veteran was pre-war carpenter and builder. He was selected to superintend the construction of the new fort by Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley. The Fort was designed to support four 100 man companies. The first structures were of logs. The permanent buildings were constructed of brick and stone.

Major Clowney’s original garrison consisted of Companies B,E,K, 30th Wisconsin, Company M, 2nd Minnesota Cavalry and a section of the 3rd Minnesota Battery. The garrison was reinforced on September 1, 1864 by company G, 30th Wisconsin. In October, 1864 the 30th Wisconsin was sent to Kentucky and was replaced at Fort Wadsworth by four Companies of the 2nd Minnesota Cavalry.

The Volunteers continued the construction of the fort until June 8, 1866, when they were relieved by Companies C,K,E,G, 10th United States Infantry under Major Samuel B. Hayman. The Garrisoned and improved the fort until it was abandoned on June 1, 1889.