Frostburg State University will host â€śThe Dakota 38: Remembering the Civil War as an Indian War,â€ť a presentation by history professor Ari Kelman, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in room 232 of FSUâ€™s Lane University Center. This event is free and open to the public.
In 1862, federal authorities in Mankato, Minn., oversaw the hanging of 38 members of the Dakota tribe, the largest public execution in U.S. history. This episode of violence on the frontier became the pivotal event in the Dakota War, which left hundreds of soldiers, settlers and Native Americans dead and millions of dollarsâ€™ worth of property in ruins. Kelman will place the Dakota War in the context of the American Civil War, suggesting that these two conflicts, long understood as ...