Lecture by Stephen Osman
“Minnesota’s Other Civil War: The Dakota Conflict of 1862”
Monday, September 17
In the six tragic weeks of the Dakota Conflict of 1862, which took place in Minnesota, more were killed than all of Minnesota’s Civil War deaths in combat and the western half of the state was depopulated. Minnesota’s Dakota people were evicted from the state, leaving scars which remain to this day. 38 Dakota were hanged in the largest hanging on United States soil, and over 200 Dakota who were convicted of crimes but reprieved from hanging by President Lincoln were sent down the Mississippi River and imprisoned in Davenport, Iowa.
Stephen Osman recently retired as senior historian with the Minnesota Historical Society. He managed Historic Fort Snelling for over three decades, and actively researches, speaks, and writes about Minnesota’s role in the Civil War and the Dakota War.