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

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Date(s) - 22 Apr 2018

Allen County Public Library

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Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising- Lincoln at the Library

Presented by Roger Billings

Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.

Allen County Public Library, Main Library, Meeting Room A

Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22nd, at the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, for the second 2018 Lincoln at the Library program. “Lincoln, the Power of Pardon, and the 1862 Sioux Uprising” will be presented by 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.

Lincoln’s experience with Indians before the Civil War was scant. An Indian 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. Billings 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.

Related items from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection will be on display. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library and is free and open to the public.