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Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862

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About the Author

HANK H. COX is assistant vice president: communications at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Marshall University, he lives in Tacoma Park, Maryland.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581824572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824575
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I spent 40 years writing my way through Washington, D.C. and now I am writing my own way. I post an amusing Tweet every day and a new book every couple of years, and frequently write book reviews for The Washington Post. My account of how President Lincoln handled the great Sioux uprising of 1862, the bloodiest Native American upheaval, in the midst of the Civil War sparked renewed interest in an important historical event and at least two more books on the topic. My previous entry, "Conversations With The Devil," was intended to stimulate reconsideration of the plight of Old Nick, our much misunderstood devil. But now I have taken a giant step beyond with "For Love Of A Dangerous Girl," a true story of the brave young Frenchwoman who assassinated the radical leader Jean Paul Marat and Adam Lux, a member of the National Convention, who saw her on the way to the guillotine, was mesmerized by her beauty and courage, and defied the radical regime to send him to join her in death. Now there, folks, is a tale of real love.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on August 26, 2005
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The Uprising of the Santee Sioux of 1862 is an important episode in U.S history often ignored by history because it coincides with the civil war. While more than a million Americans died in brutal fighting involving armies of 100,000 men, bands of Sioux fought a war in Minnesota against settlers. This book looks into claims that `thousands' of white settlers were killed. In the end the uprising was put down and 303 and Sioux were sentenced to death, a large number for a tribe that numbered only in the area of 10,000 people or less. In the end 28 were hung. Lincoln took a personal interest in the matter and at a time when 1000s of American soldiers were dying daily on the battlefield he became concerned with the lives of 28 native-Americans. In this we see the lie put to sleep that Americans of the time saw Indians as only blood thirsty savages, instead we see that Lincoln was a just man, not only interested in freeing slaves, but also interested in saving the lives of native Americans. He hoped to review and reform U.S Indian policy but his untimely death did not allow it. Instead further wars were fought with the Sioux tribes, primarily the Dakota and Hunkpapa tribes over control of the Black Hills. Celebrated chiefs came out of those conflicts such as Red Cloud and Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and the famous Custer last stand. We see in the war of 1862 a prelude to this, but also a fascinating story that reminds us how close the frontier was at that time, only as far as Minnesota.

A good popular history on an often unnoticed topic.

Seth J. Frantzman
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on February 2, 2010
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For four young Sioux men returning home from an unsuccessful hunting trip August 17, 1862 was a day just like any other in Southwestern Minnesota. But what started as an ordinary Sunday ended in tragedy when juvenile taunts lead to the slaying of a number of white settlers that afternoon and ignited a rebellion of the Sioux and ended in the largest mass execution in American history.

If you've never heard of the Sioux Uprising of 1862 you are not alone. Had it not happened during the cataclysmic events of the American Civil War, it would surely be as well known as the Battle of Little Bighorn. But American attention was diverted elsewhere to the South and East. For many white and black Americans, the Indians on the western frontier were not a going concern.

Since the close of the Civil War tens of thousands of books have been written about the war and its participants, and few of them mention the bloody events which occurred in Southwestern Minnesota during the late summer and early fall of 1862. If they do at all, it is only a passing mention. It was David Donald's mentioning of this episode of American history in his biography of Abraham Lincoln that caught the attention of author Henry H. Cox. His book, "Lincoln and the Sioux Uprising of 1862," attempts to fill this historical void.

Mr. Cox has written an entertaining and easily read narrative of the Sioux uprising, alternating between events in Minnesota and juxtaposing them against those of Washington and the battlefields to the south and east.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Todd on December 8, 2005
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I was fascinated by Lincoln And The Sioux Uprising Of 1862. Hank Cox's book was a real page-turner and afforded me a look into a part of history that was never part of my schooling. Through history classes in high school and college, we studied the Civil War but there was never a mention of the Indian uprising in Minnesota. I found the layout of the book, with chapters alternating between the Civil War and the Sioux uprising, to be totally captivating. Thank you, Mr. Cox, for teaching me about a chapter in our history that I had never known about in your intriguing and apparently well-researched book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2006
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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.
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