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Letters about experiences in New Orleans and Dakota execution order – November 15, 1862

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter to Alexander Ramsey from J. Wenz about his experiences in New Orleans and letters to Ignatius Donnelly from W.C. Dodge regarding the execution orders for the convicted Dakota Indians and an update from Henry Lindergreen about life after his discharge from the 1st Minnesota – November 15, 1862

J. Wenz to Ramsey from New Orleans

New Orleans Novbr 15/62
His Excellency Governor A. Ramsey St. Paul (Minn)
Dear Sir, By permission of my Government I left Minnesota two years ago to collect some money and pass a winter or two in the South, leaving my son Julius at St. Paul to do what little business might occur in regard to legalizations of Documents to Europe. […]  Having been very active during my stay here for the cause of the Union, I naturally got some enemies amongst the Creoles and Rebels who tried to hurt my character by spreading out reports that I had been a defrauder having defrauded the Government of Minnesota and that I have been prosecuted on that account, and being a bad character had to leave Minnesota. […]
Hoping that your Excellency will grant my prayer and favor me with a few lines[.] I remain most respectfully
Your Excellencies most humble and obt servt
J. Wenz Consul for Minnesota


Citation:  November 15, 1862, Letter from J. Wenz, Letters Received   Requests for Assistance. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society. [111.E.20.4F]

W.C. Dodge to Donnelly from Washington D.C.

My Dear Sir –  I have just learned that Commissioner Dale has addressed a letter to Sec Smith, protesting against the execution of the Sioux Indians recently found guilty and that Sec Smith will coincide with him in all probability. It is also announced in the Star this evening that the President has determined that they shall not be executed. In my opinion, this will produce bad results; for not only will it encourage the Indians to repeat their atrocities, but I believe the settlers will shoot them on sight whenever they see them, and of course the Indians will retaliate, and thus our frontier kept bathed in blood, and filled with outrages.  Such a condition would be most disastrous to the settlement and prosperity of our state. […]
In Great Haste Yours Truly, W. C. Dodge


Citation:  November 15, 1862 Letter from W. C. Dodge to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

*Learn more about the US Dakota War of 1862, as well as its causes and consequences, by visiting this website or by viewing the exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.

Henry W. Lindergreen to Donnelly from New Haven, Connecticut

Dear friend Donnelly, Allow me to congratulate you on your success. I kept up the announcement, here a few days ago that you were elected to Congress […] I am now at work on the “Daily Morning Journal and Courier” […] I shall probably stay in  New Haven this winter, and perhaps next summer.


Citation:  November 15, 1862 Letter from Henry W. Lindergreen to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]

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