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Henry Sibley comments on Military Commission's progress

"Friday, Oct. 17, 1862

The Military Commission is still at work, and the Indian prisoners are being tried as fast as a due regard to justice will permit. I have to review all the proceedings, and decide the fate of each individual. This power of life, and death, is an awful thing to exercise, and when I think of more than three hundred human beings are [sic] subject to that power, lodged in my hands, it makes me shudder. Still, duty must be performed, and judgment visited upon the guilty…."

Henry Hastings Sibley, "Extracts from letters to my wife in 1862." Henry Hastings Sibley Papers, Minnesota Historical Society. Copied by Rhoda H. Gilman.

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