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Hun­dreds mark 1862 mass hang­ing

- Mankato, MN · Minnesota · United States of America · Dakota · Abraham Lincoln · Snelling's Ranch, California · Alexander Ramsey · Ramsey, MN

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in Mankato, Minn., Wed­nes­day for the un­veil­ing of a me­mo­rial to 38 Dakota men who were hanged 150 years ago in what is the largest mass ex­e­cu­tion in U.S. his­tory. The Dec. 26, 1862, mass hang­ing marked the end of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which took place along the Min­nesota River val­ley that fall. Fol­low­ing the war, 1,600 Dakota were held at a camp at Fort Snelling un­til be­ing sent out of state. Orig­i­nally, 303 men were sen­tenced to be hanged. Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln re­viewed all the cases and wrote a let­ter to Min­nesota Gov. Alexan­der Ram­sey, list­ing 39 men who should be hanged, in­clud­ing one who was later given a re­prieve.

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