The Siege of New Ulm, Minnesota, on August 19, 1862
Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman examines the Dakota Sioux rebellion that took place in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. Mr. Finkelman looks at the political and military issues considered by President Lincoln in sending troops to quell the uprising, including how it would impact the 1862 elections and the war effort against the Confederates. Also discussed are the trials that occurred after the rebellion, and President Lincoln’s role in reviewing the sentences handed down. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this event.