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Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862

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  • Bill Gower
    Has anyone read the above book? Any comments? The reviews on Amazon are mixed. Bill
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 1, 2005
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      Has anyone read the above book?  Any comments?  The reviews on Amazon are mixed.

       

      Bill

       

    • James W. Durney
      Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising Of 1862 (Paperback) By Hank H. Cox • Paperback: 224 pages • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (July 1, 2005) •
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 9, 2006
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        Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising Of 1862 (Paperback)
        By Hank H. Cox
        • Paperback: 224 pages
        • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (July 1, 2005)
        • Language: English
        • ISBN: 1581824572

        Treaties, no matter how hard one or both parties may try, cannot
        settle some wars. Wars involving a clash of culture where neither
        side can retreat or convert fall into this category. The American
        Civil War, World War II and the Indian Wars are classic examples of
        this type of war. The Indian Wars involved two cultures that were
        totally incompatible and neither side had the option of retreating.
        Fighting was not between armies but between small family bands, with
        the woman and children occupying the front lines and falling in
        combat. Each side's idea of correct behavior in battle and
        treatment of prisoners could not be comprehended by the other.
        Hank Cox's book details the Minnesota Sioux Uprising of 1862. Four
        warriors returning from a failed hunting trip, attack farms on the
        way home. As usual, payments are late and/or diverted the Indians
        are starving and despondent seeing a way of life disappear. Seeing
        the majority of men fighting the Civil War, some Sioux leaders seize
        the opportunity and turn murder into an uprising. The uprising is a
        tale of murder, rape, plunder and revenge. The Sioux divide in war
        and peace factions. The war faction is unable to keep men in the
        field and mount a real military campaign to retake the area. What
        follows are attacks on isolated farms, travelers and failures to
        take cities and the local fort. In the end soldiers and militia
        turn the tide, capture many of the Sioux and restore "order". What
        follows is a series of military trials of Sioux for rape and
        murder. Hundreds were sentenced to death by hanging and many others
        were imprisoned. Lincoln's intervention reduced to executions to
        39, the largest mass execution in American history.
        The author writes well and the chapters dealing with the Sioux
        Uprising are well done. His writing about the overall war and the
        impact of uprising and questionable, over estimating the impact of
        the uprising and making some questionable statements about the war
        in the East. His coverage of Lincoln, the problems this caused him,
        his preoccupation with the larger war and why he took such an
        unpopular stand are very good.
        Overall, this book is a good introduction to the Sioux Uprising of
        1862, an enjoyable read but some conclusions need to be researched.
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