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 late 1890.
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
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.
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."
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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]