Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Col. Henry Sibley's Description of the Horrors of the Dakota Conflict, August 1862


From "The Ancestory, Life, and Times of Hon. Henry Hastings Sibley LL.D." the leader of the Indian Expedition against Chief Little Crow and his Dakota Sioux warriors.

August 2017 is the 155th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict, or Great Sioux Uprising as it was also called.

The Dakota Conflict caused the most civilian deaths in an Indian war in U.S. history. When it was over, 38 Sioux warriors were executed by hanging, by order of President Lincoln, at Mankato Minnesota on December 26, 1862. This remains the largest mass execution in U. S. history.

Read the entire story, all sides, homesteaders, military, and Sioux, in "Blood on the Prarie: A Novel of the Sioux Uprising" in the format of your choice at the link below:


Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 1862 Dakota Conflict

August 1862, 155 years ago, was a dark time in Minnesota history. On the 17th of August, 4 Dakota Indian boys on a hunt stopped at Acton and killed five settlers. They then returned to their camp and confessed to the elders what they did. The elders, including Little Crow, the war chief pictured above, then decided to go to war against the settlers. Although Chief Little Crow knew the effort would be futile, he led his warriors into battle. (From Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, Pp. 42-45.) Thus began the great Sioux massacre, now known as the Dakota Conflict of 1862.

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