Sunday, December 9, 2012

Timeline: December 9, 1862, Dakota Conflict, Sioux Uprising, Minnesota, Civil war

President Lincoln has issued his decision that 39 Sioux warriors, not 303, will be executed by hanging at Mankato and sent the death warrant to General Sibley. General Sibley has moved on to St. Paul to take over his new duties as commander of Union troops in Minnesota, and on the 13th he will forward the president's message to Colonel Stephen Miller, commander of troops at Mankato. The condemned Indians and half-breeds are imprisoned at Camp Lincoln near South Bend while troops go about the task of building the huge gallows at the center of town. This will be the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

If you are in the area of Mankato MN this coming Saturday, December 15th, you are invited to come to the Antique Warehouse on Ruth Street off North Riverfront Drive behind the Bobber Shop, to view the exhibit of Dakota Conflict, Civil, War, and Lincoln memorabilia and to view the one-hour film by Twin Cities Public TV "The Dakota Conflict" (1993) narrated by Garrison Keillor and Floyd Red Crow Westerman. This is possibly the best documentary about the Dakota Conflict ever produced. Open to the public and free of charge.

Read the entire story of the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 in the format of your choice at the link below. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for the historian in your life, the hardcover sesquicentennial edition is recommended.


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