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Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising

by Community Engagement | Mar 29, 2018
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“Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising”
Presented by: Roger Billings

Sunday, April 22
2:00 PM
Main Library, Meeting Room A

Join us for our upcoming lecture, "Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising," part of our Lincoln at the Library series, sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

About this lecture:

Lincoln's experience with Native Americans before the Civil War was scant.  An Native American murdered his grandfather; he volunteered to serve in the Blackhawk War in Illinois.  That's all.  Then came the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of settlers and interrupted Union Army recruitment.  After the Sioux defeat, 303 Sioux prisoners were condemned to death by a military tribunal.  Lincoln stayed their execution until he could review their files.  Ultimately he spared all but 38.  What followed was the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
Roger Billings, professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law and co-editor of Abraham Lincoln, Esq.: The Legal Career of America's Greatest President, will examine the recently published trial files that allow us to look over Lincoln's shoulder as he used his legal training to decide who should live and who should die.

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