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The largest mass hanging in US history 150 years ago today

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by CSA Today, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. CSA Today

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    Actually, a larger mass hanging occured 151 years, 2 months ago:

    GREAT HANGING AT GAINESVILLE. Forty suspected Unionists in Confederate Texas were hanged at Gainesville in October 1862. Two others were shot as they tried to escape. Although the affair reached its climax in Cooke County, men were killed in neighboring Grayson, Wise, and Denton counties. Most were accused of treason or insurrection, but evidently few had actually conspired against the Confederacy, and many were innocent of the abolitionist sentiments for which they were tried.

    Source: https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jig01

    Sorry.
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    I thought Gainesville was bigger. In any event, the notion of people being hung for insurrection in the middle of a civil war...
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    Some readers may not know about this hanging and who ordered it.
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    The Gainesville hangings? I agree.
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    I reckon Lincoln didn’t want to come across as a complete phony to Europe by hanging all 303 starving Indians less than a week before his emancipation proclamation freeing slaves in Confederate occupied territory.
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    I reckon that's a bunch of horse hockey.
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    I don't think that counts, since I don't think they were all done at once in one place.
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    So what did they hang the 38 Indians for .
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    I reckon you're are right. :O o:
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    The crime of fighting back instead of starving to death like good Indians.
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    Good point! Readers need to know that over 300 Indians were tried and convicted, but Lincoln pardoned all but 38 of them. Readers should also know that Lincoln took the unusual step of reviewing every single case before confirming the death sentences, and very freely used his authority to commute the sentences where there was the least possibility of doubt. Readers need to understand, too, that the website supplied by the OP is a highly partisan website with a specific agenda. Finally, readers need to understand the purpose of this post was not to highlight the hangings, or the trials, or the entire situation in Minnesota and the Dakotas, but rather to engage in Lincoln-bashing. This is crucial, lest casual readers of these forums come away with the belief that abuse of Native Americans only occurred during Lincoln's terms of office and only by his explicit direction...
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    So what mass hanging happened on December 26, 1863? I've read through this whole thread and still don't know.
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    Sioux Uprising of 1862 in Minnesota. Also known as the US/Dakota War (or Conflict). It's estimated Dakota warriors killed about 800 settlers. Lincoln made the unpopular decision to pardon all but 38, as he was warned that it could cause him the election. He replied, I cannot hang men for the sake of votes."
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    A terrible thing for sure but there were so many huge battles and thousands of WIA, KIA, and deaths from camp sickness that surely by the election most voters in the North more likely than not didn't vote for or against Lincoln over the pardons or the hangings........speculation mine.
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    thanks shadow I did read it, I guess it comes down to the same old song and dance, the government should have kept its promises.
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