Dakota War of 1862: Over 500 people killed, 38 hanged in US' largest mass execution

Dakota War of 1862: Over 500 people killed, 38 hanged in US' largest mass execution

- The US recorded the largest mass execution in its history about 150 years ago

- The ugly incident, which is now tagged the Dakota War of 1862 or the Sioux Uprising, happened in the US state of Minnesota

- More than 500 white people and 60 natives died in the clash which reportedly lasted six weeks while 38 were hanged in a mass execution afterwards

About 150 years ago, specifically in 1862, the United States recorded the largest mass execution in the history of the country.

The victims of the ugly incident, according to CNN, were Native American men who were killed in a clash with the white Americans in Minnesota.

Legit.ng gathered that the incident has now been tagged Dakota War of 1862 or the Sioux Uprising.

The people of Dakota were reportedly starving owing to the breaking of land treaties and late payment of annuity by the US government.

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The anger towards the US government led them to wage war against the white settlers in the state.

Dakota War of 1862: Over 500 people died within 6 weeks in US' largest mass execution

Execution of Sioux Indians in Mankato (Minnesota) on December 26, 1862. Dakota War of 1862. Credit: Getty Images
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According to the Wisconsin Historical Society reports, more than 500 white people and 60 natives died in the clash which reportedly lasted six weeks.

The fighting ended on December 26, with 38 Dakota natives hanged in a mass execution while the remaining natives were forced to leave Minnesota.

The governor of Minnesota, Alexander Ramsey, later sentenced about 300 men to death by hanging.

However, President Abraham Lincoln later wrote Ramsey, reducing the number to 39 while one was later granted a reprieve.

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