Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dakota Indians Remember War Executions-- Part 1

From the December 26,2012, Chicago Tribune by David Bailey

Even while the battles were being fought between the Confederacy and Union, the war to stop white movement west was still going on and with a fury.

"38 hangings part of Indians' 3-decade battle across Plains."

The day after Christmas is always a somber one for the Dakota Indians as it marks what they consider a travesty of justice in the biggest mass-hanging in U.S. history.

On December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota, following the six-week U.S.-Dakota War, earlier in the year, 38 Indians were hanged.  This marked the beginning of a three decade-long war between the Indians and U.S. government.

Originally, more than 38 Indians were to be hanged, but President Lincoln intervened.  However, two were hanged in error even while the president was preparing to give the Emancipation Proclamation.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh

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