Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

President Abraham Lincoln Character Analysis

16th president of the United States. When several hundred members of the Santee tribe were sentenced to death in retaliation for a battle that many of them hadn’t fought, Lincoln refused to authorize the sentence. Instead, he insisted on a review of legal records to determine who had actually been involved, though he did ultimately order that most of the Santees should be imprisoned.
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President Abraham Lincoln Character Timeline in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Chapter 3: Little Crow’s War
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...court, without giving them a defense counsel. Three hundred Santees were sentenced to death. However, President Abraham Lincoln refused to authorize the sentence. He insisted on reviewing legal records to distinguish between those... (full context)
Chapter 4: War Comes to the Cheyennes
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...Union soldiers, and the Cheyenne leader Lean Bear greeted the soldiers while wearing a medal Abraham Lincoln had given him. The soldiers opened fire on Lean Bear, killing him. Lean Bear’s second-in-command... (full context)