Abraham Lincoln became involved in the final resolution of the
conflict, displaying his sense of justice by commuting the death
sentences of 265 Indians.
In the end, the death sentences of 38 Dakota Indians were carried
out. The mass hanging was a result of one of many bloody incidences
in the long American-Sioux conflict that did not end until the 7th
Cavalry conducted its massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in
Barbara did her pastoral internship on a Lakota reservation in
South Dakota and served two congregations in South Dakota for six
and a half years. Her second parish was in southwestern Minnesota.
In all those places, she learned bits and pieces of the conflict
between whites and Indians and President Lincoln's involvement, even
as the Civil War raged on.
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In Barbara's words, "This story is not well known in
Illinois. I want to share it and portraying Sarah Wakefield is a
great way to do that."
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society has a general
monthly meeting featuring a speaker – 3rd Mondays at 6 pm at the
LCGHS museum at 114 N. Chicago St. - across from the Depot. Day
time hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Tues – Fri.
[Text received; PHIL BERTONI]