Lincoln and the Dakota War of 1862

Historians discussed the Dakota War of 1862. The conflict in Minnesota resulted in the mass execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men. The… read more

Historians discussed the Dakota War of 1862. The conflict in Minnesota resulted in the mass execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men. The participants discussed the actions of General Henry Sibly and the decision by President Lincoln to commute the death sentences of 264 condemned Dakotas. The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this event. 

The conflict lasted about five weeks. It claimed the lives of some 500 white settlers and U.S. soldiers. About sixty Dakota died in the fighting. Almost 400 were put on trial for murder and rape. Of these 303 were sentenced to death. President Lincoln intervened and commuted 264 to imprisonment and one more was reprieved later. On December 4 a mob armed with hatchets and other weapons attacked the camp where the Dakota prisoners were being held but were surrounded and disarmed by U.S. Army troops. On December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota were hanged, the largest mass execution in American history . close

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  • Glass, Maeve Graduate Student Princeton University->History Department
  • Needles, Karen President Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia
  • Routel, Colette Assistant Professor William Mitchell College of Law
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Lincoln and the Dakota War of 1862

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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 22, 2012
Last Aired:
Dec 24, 2012

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  • Dec 22, 2012 | 9:31am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 23, 2012 | 4:30pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Dec 24, 2012 | 5:29am EST | C-SPAN 3
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