The Dakota Trials: Including the Complete Transcripts and Explanatory Notes on the Military Commission trials in Minnesota, 1862-1864
The Dakota Trials includes the unedited transcripts of 396 trials of Dakota Indians between 1862 and 1864 in Minnesota. The trials were the result of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and a military commission established by Henry Sibley. The trials began at Camp Release on September 28, 1862, and continued into November at Camp Sibley at the Lower Agency. Of the 393 men tried during that time, 303 were sentenced to death. President Abraham Lincoln then commuted the sentences of all but 38, who were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862.
Also included are the transcripts and comments on the November 1862 Winnebago trials, the Spring 1863 Wabasha group trials, and the transcripts for the 1863 trial of Wo-we-ho-pa, Little Crow's son, and the 1864 trials of Shakopee and Medicine Bottle, who were hanged in 1865 at Fort Snelling. The book concludes with an analysis of the nature and justice of the trials. Charts, graphs, appendices, and indexes enrich the text. Dr. John Isch is Professor Emeritus at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN.