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Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862

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On the bright Sunday morning of August 17, 1862, four Sioux warriors emerged from the Big Woods northwest of St. Paul, Minnesota, on their way home from an unsuccessful hunt. When they came upon the homestead of Robinson Jones, a white man who ran a post office and general store and offered lodging for travelers, the Indians opened fire on the settlers, killing almost all of them.

Soon bands of Sioux were rampaging across southwestern Minnesota, attacking farms and trading posts...

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On the bright Sunday morning of August 17, 1862, four Sioux warriors emerged from the Big Woods northwest of St. Paul, Minnesota, on their way home from an unsuccessful hunt. When they came upon the homestead of Robinson Jones, a white man who ran a post office and general store and offered lodging for travelers, the Indians opened fire on the settlers, killing almost all of them.

Soon bands of Sioux were rampaging across southwestern Minnesota, attacking farms and trading posts and murdering everywhere they went—splitting the skulls of men; clubbing children to death; raping daughters and wives before disemboweling them; cutting off hands, breasts, and genitals; and looting whatever could be taken before setting fire to what remained. Perhaps as many as two thousand settlers were brutally massacred, although the number has never been firmly established.

Once the uprising was suppressed, 303 Sioux warriors were sentenced to death. The people of Minnesota called for their immediate execution, a sentiment that matched the national mood. Abraham Lincoln suspected that most of those convicted were marginal players in the rebellion and that the worst culprits had escaped, and he carefully reviewed each case before selecting the 39—later reduced to 38—men to hang whom he believed to be guilty of the worst crimes. The remainder were committed to life in prison. “I could not hang men for votes,” he later explained. On December 26 the 38 were simultaneously hanged on a gallows constructed especially for them.

The Sioux Uprising of 1862, also known as the Dakota War, sounded the first shots of a war that continued for another 28 years, culminating in the massacre of Indian women and children at Wounded Knee in 1890. Lincoln’s death at the hands of John Wilkes Booth ended his intention to reform the government’s Indian policy, and both political parties continued to use the system to reward their supporters, a practice that largely continues to this day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581824575
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 815,911
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank H. Cox is the co-author of American Drive: How Manufacturing Will Save Our Country and From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Changes in Military Communications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2005

    insulting to dakota people

    I couldn't believe this book was published this year all Cox did was take supposed 1st hand accounts of WHITE people in 1862 and rewrote them as fact. And good historian would know that those accounts came from a racist time and where probably mostly over done or strait up lies. He should have talked to the thousands of Dakota people that are still alive today and got FACTS. And he could have talked about things like after the wars all Dakotas were pushed out of the state and there was $200 reward for skelps, and thats still on the books today.

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