'The Revenge of Little Crow' Explores the 1862 Sioux Uprising and the Largest Execution in US History

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"The Revenge of Little Crow" focuses on the Great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota, the subsequent war against the Indians, and the execution by hanging of 38 Dakota warriors at Mankato, Minnesota. This mass hanging, the largest execution in the history of the United States, took place on December 26, 1862. Although these events occurred 145 years ago, they remain highly controversial even today.

On every side is a jubilee, and the Angel of Judgment seems to atone the solemn 'Amen.' Justice alone, in that hour of excitement, retains her composure and looks on the scene with a face undisturbed and calm. Tragic end, not less tragic than the massacre itself.

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Author Steven M. Ulmen and Lulu.com announce the publication of The Revenge of Little Crow, a novel of historical fiction exploring Minnesota's Sioux uprising of 1862, which ended in the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.

"Ulmen creates believable, real-to-life characters we feel we have met along the trail and incorporates them into a seamless story that leaves the reader looking forward to his next work." -- Ralph Cotton, USA Today best selling western author.

The year 1862 was a troubled time in America. While the civil war raged across the country, Sioux Indians confined to reservations in the new state of Minnesota were dying of starvation and disease. Southern sympathizers fueled the growing discontent among the tribes by offering supplies and encouraging the Sioux to revolt, as this diversion would aid the southern cause in the civil war. The Indians responded by initiating a massacre against settlers who homesteaded on their Minnesota hunting grounds, and nearly 1,000 pioneers were wounded or killed. Less than two months later, after fierce battles, soldiers under the command of Colonel Henry Sibley, a political figure with knowledge of Indian ways, defeated Sioux warriors led by chieftain Little Crow, and the uprising passed into history. 303 warriors taken as prisoners were tried by Sibley's military commission and sentenced to death by hanging. President Abraham Lincoln later reduced this number to 38 and further ordered the hangings to take place at Mankato, Minnesota. On December 26, 1862, the day after Christmas, this controversial public execution occurred before thousands of spectators, thus ending a dark chapter in Minnesota history. A witness to the hanging wrote: "On every side is a jubilee, and the Angel of Judgment seems to atone the solemn 'Amen.' Justice alone, in that hour of excitement, retains her composure and looks on the scene with a face undisturbed and calm. Tragic end, not less tragic than the massacre itself."

"The Revenge of Little Crow is vivid in its depiction of cultural antagonism and eye-for-an-eye justice, and is a keenly whetted tale from cover to cover." -- Midwest Book Review.

Both the Sioux massacre and the execution of 1862 is told as seen through the eyes of ordinary people, historical and fictitious, who are caught in a horrible war but cope as best they can. The Revenge of Little Crow examines both the white and Indian point of view and allows readers to form their own judgment of these events. Order The Revenge of Little Crow here for $14.95 retail, ISBN 978-0-6151-4884-7, or at (Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble) or other online bookstores. Discounts may apply. Relive the drama of the Great Sioux Uprising, or with the holidays coming up, send this tale as a thoughtful gift to the civil war historians and western readers in your life.

"Ulmen's style cracks like a whip, and his characters remain with you a long time after you come to the end, which you won't want to. As a reader, I anticipate many more hours of pleasure from this author; as a writer, I need to get cracking before he runs me over." - Loren D. Estleman, winner of the 2006 Spur Award for "The Undertaker's Wife."

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