Lincoln Ordered The Largest Mass Execution In American History
In 1862, Native American tribes in Minnesota attacked settlers because they were starving, freezing and mistreated. The American soldiers were able to capture over 300 of them. President Abraham Lincoln had to make a decision on what to do with the captives and ended up approving the largest mass execution in American history, ordering the hanging of 38 of the Native American prisoners.
On that fateful day, Dec. 26, 1862, an estimated 4,000 spectators watched the mass hanging.