The Infamous Dakota War Trials of 1862: Revenge, Military by John A. Haymond

By John A. Haymond

The U.S.–Dakota battle, the bloodiest Indian conflict of the nineteenth century, erupted in southwestern Minnesota throughout the summer season of 1862. within the war’s aftermath, a swiftly convened fee of 5 military officials carried out trials of 391 Indians charged with homicide and bloodbath. In 36 days, 303 Dakota males have been sentenced to loss of life. within the biggest simultaneous execution in American heritage, 38 have been hanged on a unmarried gallows on December 26, 1862—an incident now largely thought of an act of revenge instead of judicial punishment.
offering clean perception into this debatable occasion, this publication examines the Dakota battle trials from the point of view of nineteenth century army legislations. the writer discusses the explanations and far-reaching outcomes of the warfare, the claims of frequent atrocities, the fashionable debate over the position of tradition in lawful conflict and the way the struggle has been depicted via historians.

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