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Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862

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  • 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 1 of 2 , Nov 9, 2006
      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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