Category Archives: 1862 Dakota War trials

Did Henry Sibley Execute His Son?

Love a good mystery? You’re in for a treat. Early in his research for Northern Slave, Black Dakota: The Life and Times of Joseph Godfrey, historian Walt Bachman unearthed rumors that Henry Milord, one of the 38 Dakota men executed at Mankato, Minnesota, … Continue reading

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1862 Letters From Dakota Men Condemned to be Executed

Artist’s depiction of the main Dakota prison at Mankato, MN in 1862 Today, translations of five letters written by condemned Dakota men came to hand. The letters are dated December 25, 1862, the day before the executions. The version I found … Continue reading

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To Be or Not To Be

guest post by Lois Glewwe Five days before their scheduled execution, 39 imprisoned, condemned Dakota men in Mankato, Minnesota, were asked to make a decision  – to be baptized or not,  and whether to be baptized as a Roman Catholic … Continue reading

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30 + 12 = 42, not 39

I’m working on my Peace Colaition presentation at MHS January 29, but can’t escape the stories of the 39 Dakota men condemned to death in 1862. A new friend I met in Redwood falls this summer, Molly Schweinfurter, just mailed … Continue reading

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10 Observations on the 1862 Trials, Part 2

I approached the publication of the 39 1862 Dakota War trials with misgivings, having attended three presentations on the subject in 2012: Gary Clayton Anderson’s January 10, 2012 lecture at Gustavis Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota Walt Bachman’s August … Continue reading

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10 Observations on the 1862 Dakota War Trials

This project publishing the trial records of the Dakota men executed at Mankato in December 26, 1862, has been depressing. Yet, its necessity was underlined with the unveiling of the new monument in Mankato December 26, 2012 listing the names … Continue reading

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1862 Trial 384: Wa-kin-ya-na

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. Wakinyana’s is trial thirty-ninth and last of thirty-nine in this series.  Transcript: Trial 383 Wak-in-ya-na … Continue reading

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