Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Color Lithograph "Execution of the Thirty-Eight Sioux Indians at Mankato, Minnesota December 26, 1862. This lithograph depicts the largest mass execution in the United States of America, when thirty-eight Santee Sioux Indian men were executed around 10 a.m., the condemned singing and chanting Dakota songs on their way to the scaffolds. The moment of execution was signaled by three drum beats, the rope was cut, and the floors fell open. The crowd of people cheered while watching the execution. Afterwards, all bodies of the Indian men were buried in a single grave on the edge of town. Printed above headline can be read, "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1883 by John C. Wise in the Office of Librarian of Congress at Washington."

    On August 18, the Sioux Dakota's killed more than forty Americans. Federal troops started advancing towards their Agency in the hopes of avoiding an uprising. In doing so, ten Americans were captured by the Sioux, and sixteen others were killed. This started the conflict. Overall measurements of the lithograph are approximately 25.25" x 21".

    Fine-very fine.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,508

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold on Jan 23, 2009 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 December 12 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction .

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search