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“How Men Act in Battle,” “Secret Military History,” and “The Indian Convicts” St. Paul Pioneer and Democrat – December 26, 1862

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

Today is the 150th anniversary of the hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota, the largest mass execution in United States history–an event that continues to reverberate in Minnesota history to this day.

Local interest in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War overshadowed news on the Civil War and dominated newspaper coverage for a time. The Saint Paul Press newspaper published only a short letter from President Lincoln to Congress in relation to the condemned on December 26, 1862, likely because news did not travel as quickly as it does today. A more elaborate reporting of the hangings from the same newspaper appears on December 28th.

This is a particularly difficult topic and a dark chapter in Minnesota’s history. The purpose of the Daybook is to use primary sources and first person accounts to show what was happening in the Civil War and on the homefront 150 years ago to the day.

For more on the Dakota perspective, please see the U.S.-Dakota War website and this Item of the Day post.

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