1862 Trial 67: Toon-kan-chan-tay-mane

For an overview of this series publishing the trial records of the 38 Dakota men executed at Mankato Minnesota on December 26, 1862, see the first post.

Tunkanchatagmane’s is the fifteenth of forty-one trials in this series. 

Transcript: Trial 67 Toon-kan-chan-tay-mani 

Page Images: #67 Toon-kan-e-cha-tay-mane


Whiting-Ruggles Summary December 5, 1862

No. 67. TOON-KAN-CHAH-TAY-MANE.—Said in the presence of witness that he shot a man in an ox-wagon, and was in several battles.[1]


Trial Record September 1862

[Trial #67 – Toon-kan-e-cha-tay-mane]

Proceedings of a Military Commission convened at Camp Release opposite the Mouth of Chippewa River by virtue of the following order

Order No. 55                           viz:

Head Quarters Camp Release

September 28th 1862

A Military Commission composed of Colonel Wm Crooks of the 6th Reg., Lieut. Col. Marshall of the 7th Regiment, Captains Grant & Bailey of the 6th Reg. And Lieut. Olin of the 3rd Reg. Will convene at some convenient point in camp at 10 o’clock this morning to try summarily the Mulatto, and Indians, or mixed bloods, now prisoners, or who may be brought before them, by direction of the Col. Commanding and pass judgment upon them, if found guilty of murder or other outrages upon the Whites, during the present State of hostilities of the Indians, the proceedings of the Commission to be returned to these Head Quarters immediately after their conclusion, for the consideration of the Col. Commanding.

The Commission will be governed in their proceedings, by Military Law and usage.

(Signed) H. H. Sibley

Colonel Commanding

Camp Release opposite the

Mouth of Chippewa River, Minn.

Sept. 28 1862

Head Qtrs. Camp Release Min. Oct. 15 1862

Order No. 65

I. The Military Commission of which Col. Wm Crooks 6th Regt Minn Vols is President will reconvene tomorrow at 10 Oclock AM or as soon thereafter as practicable and proceed with the business before it.

II.Lieut. Col. Wm R Marshall 7th Minn Vols being absent on duty Maj. Gen Bradley of the seventh is hereby detailed to fill the vacancy thus occasioned.

By order of Gen.l H.H. Sibley

S.W. Fowler Lieut Col. A.A.A. Gl

Camp Release opposite the mouth of the Chippewa River

October 18 1862

The Military Commission met pursuant to the above order-


Col. Crooks – 6th Reg. M. V.

Maj. Bradley, 7th Regt. M.V.     Members

Capt. Grant, 6th Regt. M.V.

Capt. Bailey, 6th Regt. M. V.

Lt. Olin – 3rd Regt. M. V., Judge Advocate

Adjutant Heard – McPhail’s Mounted Rangers – Recorder

The Military Commission was duly sworn and Toon-kan-e-chay-tah-mane a Sioux Indian was arraigned in the following charge and specifications, viz

Charge and specification against Toon-kan-e-chay-tah-mane a Sioux Indian

Charge –Participation in the murders, outrages & robberies committed by the Sioux Indians on the Minnesota frontier

Specification –In that Toon-kan-e-chay-tah-mane a Sioux Indian did join with and participate in the murders robberies and outrages committed by the Sioux Tribe of Indians on the Minnesota frontier between the 18th day of August 1862 and the 28th day of September 1862 and particularly in the Battle at the Fort where he was seen under the hill.

By order of Gen.l H.H. Sibley

S.W. Fowler Lieut Col.

A.A.A. Gl


David Faribault

The prisoner states –

I stood by the stable at the Fort. I didn’t fire at all. I was at New Ulm but didn’t fire my gun.  I was this side on a hill.  I didn’t fire at the last battle: was too far off.  Didn’t fire my gun off at all.  Didn’t get any plunder.

David Faribault sworn, says –

I saw deft. at the fight at New Ulm with a gun.  Didn’t see him fire.  He told in my presence that he shot a man in an ox wagon near Crow’s village, going down from Yellow Medicine.

Prisoner states –

Another Indian shot the white man and took the team.

And there upon the case being closed the Commission was cleared and proceeded with their finding and sentence

The Military Commission after due deliberation on the foregoing, the evidence being closed and Commission was cleared and proceeded with the finding and sentence.

The Military Commission find the prisoner, the said Toon-kan-e-chay-tah-mane, a Sioux Indian, as follows –

Guilty of the specification

Guilty of the charge,

And sentence him to be hung by the neck until he is dead.

                                    [signatures of Mil. Com.][2]


Riggs Synopsis December 1862

14. Toon-kan-e-chah-tag-mane (One who walks by his grandfather) says he took nothing from the stores except a blanket. He was at Fort Ridgely but killed nobody. He is charged with killing white persons in a wagon, but he did not; they were killed by another man.[3]

[1]Whiting-Ruggles Report to Abraham Lincoln December 5, 1862.

[2] Dakota Trials Records. Microfilm and holograph records in Center for Legislative Archives, U.S. Senate Records, National Archives. Transcription by Walt Bachman. See corresponding digitations of microfilm by John Isch.

[3] Mankato Independent December 26, 1862, “Confessions of the Condemned” p. 2. Editorial introduction reads: “Rev. S. R. Riggs has kindly prepared for us the following synopsis of conversations held with each one of the condemned prisoners, wherein is contained much interesting information.”

Transcriptions by Walt Bachman and Carrie Reber Zeman. Page images provided by John Isch.

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