"The Revenge of Little Crow" Historical Fiction Novel Makes an Excellent Holiday Gift Idea

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One hundred and forty-five years ago on December 26, 1862, while the Civil War raged in the south, 38 Sioux Indians were executed by hanging at Mankato, Minnesota. This execution, the largest in US history, was ordered by President Lincoln as the result of Minnesota's bloody Sioux massacre which left nearly 1,000 settlers dead or wounded. "The Revenge of Little Crow," historical fiction by Steven M. Ulmen, tells the tale.

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"The Revenge of Little Crow," a novel of historical fiction, is now available as a thoughtful holiday gift for historians, Civil War buffs, and readers of western historical fiction. "The Revenge of Little Crow" explores Minnesota's Dakota Conflict of 1862 which led to the hanging of 38 Sioux warriors on December 26, 1862, the largest public execution in the history of the United States. Written by Minnesota author Steven Ulmen, a descendant of pioneers involved in the Indian war, "The Revenge of Little Crow," (ISBN 978-0-6151-4884-7) is available at Barnes and Noble, the Enchanted Forest, and the Blue Earth County Historical Society in Mankato, MN, at the Lake Region Times office in Madison Lake, MN, at Lulu.com, and at major online bookstores including amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, Target, and others.

A scant five weeks after the Dakota Conflict began, military forces under the command of Colonel Henry Sibley quashed the rebellion and placed over 400 Sioux in irons, and the bloody uprising passed into history. After a military commission heard evidence against the accused, 303 warriors were sentenced to death by hanging. President Abraham Lincoln reviewed the evidence of the military commission, reduced the number of condemned Indians to 38, and ordered the public execution to occur at Mankato, MN. According to Harper's Weekly, thousands were in attendance to witness the execution, which even today, 145 years later, remains highly controversial.

"The Revenge of Little Crow" explores the Indian war and the hanging of the Sioux as seen through the eyes of characters, both historical and fictional, who describe the drama, the anguish, and yes, even the humor, of ordinary people caught up in a horrible war who cope as best they can. Both sides of the conflict are explored, allowing readers to form their own conclusions about these events. Actual correspondence between military leaders, Lincoln's execution order, Sibley's private diary, and Civil War songs and dirges enhance the novel. The execution is written in the present tense, placing the reader on the scene of this sad time in United States history.

"The prequel to Steven Ulmen's western novel "Toby Ryker," The Revenge of Little Crow is a historical fiction novel that deals with the great Sioux Uprising in Minnesota in 1862, and the subsequent execution by hanging of 38 Sioux warriors, the largest legally sanctioned mass execution in the history of the United States. Toby Ryker himself is half Indian, and torn between the clash of Indian and white cultures as raids, threats, and violence mount. At times tense, 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 - October 2007

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