Led by Little Crow, Dakota warriors attacked the Redwood and Yellow Medicine Indian agencies and all whites living on their former lands in southwestern Minnesota. They killed more than 450 whites and took some 250 white and mixed-blood prisoners during the 38-day conflict. White civilians and military units commanded by Henry H. Sibley defended towns and forts, pursued warriors, and eventually forced the Indians to surrender or flee westward. The penalties imposed by vengeful whites were swift and devastating. The federal government hanged 38 Dakota men in the largest mass execution in U.S. history, 300 were imprisoned, and the Dakota people were banished from the state.
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This is a basic book on the Dakota War. It is only about 90 pages long, and does not go into great depth. As an introduction to the Dakota Uprising, Minnesota Indian history, or Indian wars, this book suffices. One of the best things about this book is it's collection of sources. This allows greater studies.