Cartoon History
Set 1:Trials and Executions
Lincoln acted as he did because he had heard, amid the cries for vengeance, a courageous voice of moderation and reason.   It was that of Bishop Henry B. Whipple of the Episcopal church.  Bishop Whipple had worked among the Indians since 1859.  He knew much about the uprising and its causes.
As early as 1860 he had written President Buchanan to point out injustices being done the Indians.  He finally went to Washington and told the story of the Sioux uprising personally to Lincoln.
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