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COL Korey Jackson
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The article's headline is misleading: "Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion—but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals."

But one needs to read the text to find some semblance more resembling the truth: President Lincoln commuted the sentences of 265 Dakota Sioux condemned at trials by a military commission.

During the course of the Civil War, President Lincoln issued only 64 pardons for Civil War-related offenses. Unlike the 38 Dakota Indians put to death in Minnesota in 1862, these Civil War-related pardons were not for crimes such as murdering civilians, rape, and atrocities.

The below link is an article showing a more balanced historical description of President Lincoln's role in deciding the fate of those Dakota Sioux convicted and condemned for their roles in the 1862 Minnesota uprising:
http://www.historynet.com/abraham-lincoln-deciding-the-fate-of-300-indians-convicted-of-war-crimes-in-minnesotas-great-sioux-uprising.htm

I agree that the entire 1862 Minnesota uprising was a terrible tragedy, as were the associated deaths; but then, so was the Civil War.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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Nicely done, COL Korey Jackson.
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell
SGT John " Mac " McConnell
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The article is misleading until you dig into it. That is why I put other links below the meat of the article. To give it a sense of balance. But when it comes to the native Americans in history . How much do we really know.... Thanks for your thoughts..
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Capt Gregory Prickett
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Lincoln wasn't all that magnanimous. He originally said that he would allow the execution of those Indians who molested white women, but changed his mind when he learned that would only be two Indians. He had to allow the execution of more Indians because he didn't want to lose the support of Minnesota in the war.
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell
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SSgt Copyright Specialist
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"[President Lincoln] never ordered the executions of any Confederate officials or generals after the Civil War."

President Lincoln died on April 14, 1865 and while General Lee did surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, the last battle did not take place until a month later in Texas. There just was not enough time before President Lincoln's death for him to order any executions, trials, or implement any plans he had for those that had attempted to leave the Union.

Even the Commander of Andersonville was not hung until seven months after Lee's surrender. Henry Wirz was hung on November 10, 1865 after being found guilty at trial that did not start until August of that year, not on orders from any President.

Comparing what happened to Natives that attempted an uprising that was successfully suppressed early in President Lincoln's first administration to what did not happen to Confederates is illogical. By the time anything was able to be done after the Civil War was over President Andrew Johnson had taken over and he had a very different outlook on how the South should be punished than President Lincoln did. This led to many conflicts between Congress and him and eventually resulted in President Johnson being impeached for not following rules Congress put into place to keep him in line with how they wanted the Southern Reconstruction effort dealt with. He missed being removed from office by one vote in the Senate. If President Lincoln had survived the war and completed his second term things would have ended much different as the Executive and Legislative Branches would have been more unified in their beliefs about how those that attempted to leave the Union should have been treated. I do not know if he would have ordered anyone executed as he did mostly believe in the rule of law but things definitely would have been a lot different had he lived.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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Excellent chronological perspective, SSgt (Join to see).
COL Korey Jackson
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell
SGT John " Mac " McConnell
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The article is misleading. The meat of the post is about the mass execution of native Americans. Thanks for your thoughts.
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