Category Archives: Minnesota

March 28, 1864: The Final Solution to the Indian problem

Gen. Pope, banished to the Northwest to deal with hostile native Americans, pleads forgiveness for his delay in sending requested troops to the Army of the Potomac. He needs them to put down an expected Sioux uprising, and he uses … Continue reading

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December 26, 1862: Mankato Execution

The Dakota uprising of 1862 ended with 38 men hanged simultaneously in Mankato, Minnesota. It was the largest mass execution in American history. The New York Times account below appeared on January 13, 1863. THE INDIAN EXECUTIONS.; An Interesting Account, … Continue reading

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December 25, 1862: “Red Devils” in Minnesota

Arrowmaker, Ojibwa, ca. 1903 It takes a while for news to make it to the East from the Wild West of Minnesota. Here a New York Times report from the frontier tells of Indian “insolence”, particularly from an educated Chippewa … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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