December 26, 1862 – The past in the present

On December 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the public hanging of 38 Sioux for demanding food for their starving people in a concentration camp. The youngest hanged was a 12 year-old girl.

Saint Paul, Dec. 27, 1862. I have the honor to inform you [President Lincoln] that 38 Indians ordered by you for execution were hung yesterday at Mankato [Minnesota] at 10 a.m. Everything went off quietly. The other prisoners are well secured.

– Respectfully, H. H. SIBLEY, Brigadier-General.
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