This is the story of a great injustice and a handful of men and women who played a part.
At 10 a.m. on December 26, 1862, thirty-eight men were hanged in the largest mass execution in the history of the United States. It was said “three drumbeats signaled the moment of execution; a single ax stroke plummeted all through the gallows, the crowd cheered; bodies were buried in a single grave on the edge of town.”
Thirty-nine were sentenced—thirty-eight died—one was pardoned at the last minute.
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