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 was put in the tough spot of needing to decide what to do with them.
Unfortunately, he chose to make an example of them and approved 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.