Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dakota Indians Remember War Executions-- Part 3

During the next three years, Americans will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a lot of attention given to battles between Confederate and Union soldiers.  Often overlooked are the conflicts between Union troops and Indians which continued right through the rest of the 19th century.

During the Civil War, as in the War of 1812, Indians had to take sides depending upon whom they considered the biggest threat to their lands in the west.

Thousands of Indians, soldiers and settlers were killed in the wars and in the end, the Indians lost and were forced into reservations (mostly in land that whites did not want).

In the 1862 incident that sparked fighting, five white settlers were killed by young Dakota men on a hunting expedition.  War broke out and hundreds of settlers were killed in Minnesota.  Federal troops were called to quell it.  The U.S. won and afterwards, more than 2,000 Dakota were rounded up, whether they had been involved or not.

I'm Glad This Is being Commemorated.  We Must Remember All of Our History, the Good With the Bad.  --Old Secesh

1 comment:

troutbirder said...

And maybe more Native Americans were killed. Including many who did not participate or sheltered Whites. Mankato is finally dealing with its7105 past though the memorial is well hidding in the city....