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“The Indian Executions, ” “Confession of the Prisoners” to Reverend Riggs, and “The Awful Spectacle at the Gallows,” St. Paul Press – December 28, 1862

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

Two days ago, December 26, was 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 this more extensive report on what happened that day two days later, on December 28, likely because news did not travel as quickly as it does today.

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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