Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The U.S.--Dakota War of 1862-- Part 6

As the Dakota took their places on the scaffold, they sang a Dakota song as white muslim coverings were pulled over their faces.  They grasped each others' hands.  A single blow from an axe and the platform fell away.  Captain William Duley, who had lost several family members in the attack on the Lake Shetek settlement, cut the rope.

The Indians dangled for half an hour, were cut down and buried in a shallow mass grave on a sandbar between Mankato's main street and the Minnesota River.  However, before morning, the bodies were dug up and taken to physicians for use as medical cadavers.

Later, it was discovered that two had been mistakenly hanged.

A Sad Story.  --Old Secesh

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