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Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Faribault, David (1821 - 1886). Executive Clemency Documents, 1863.
MSU Archives Collection 164
Faribault, David (1821 - 1886). Executive Clemency Documents, 1863. SMHC Manuscript Collection 164. 1 folder, 16 pages (Photocopies of originals in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.).
This collection is made up of copies of the executive clemency documents relating to the pardon of David Faribault Jr. by President Abraham Lincoln. The pardon covered Faribault's participation in the Dakota Uprising in 1862. Included in the documents are: a lengthy discussion of Faribault's involvement authored by his father, a testimony to his character by Alex Faribault (David's uncle), a call for executive clemency by Major Sterne H. Fowler (who was married to David Faribault Sr.'s sister), a defense of Faribault's actions by Brigadier General Henry Sibley, and a final note written by President Lincoln, stating that Faribault was pardoned.
David Faribault Jr. was born in 1821 to David Faribault Sr. and his wife Susan Weston, an American Indian. David Faribault Jr.'s involvement in the Sioux Uprising of 1862 was called into question during the trials that followed the battles. David, age 22 at the time of the Uprising, was taken captive with the rest of his family, by the Dakota, at the start of hostilities. David would later profess innocence of any wrongdoing during the fighting. His father served as one of the main witnesses against the Dakota during the trial, and this collection of papers contains letters from friends implying that David was forced to participate because he was a "half-breed". David only admitted to firing two shots "at a windmill" near New Ulm, and two or three shots during the fighting at Birch Coulee. Subsequent witnesses would place him among the Dakota warriors at New Ulm and Birch Coulee. David was convicted for his role in the Uprising, but was pardoned by President Lincoln by General Order 120, dated May 11, 1863.
David Faribault Jr. died in 1886.
Information from: Thiem, Karin. The Minnesota Sioux War Trials. Thesis, Mankato State University, 1979.
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Faribault, David (1821 - 1886). Executive Clemency Documents, 1863. SMHC Manuscript Collection 163. Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.
This collection was donated June 2, 1975.
This collection was processed in January 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000.
It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about David Faribault Jr. available elsewhere. These documents are copies, and the originals can be found in the National Archives, Washington D.C.
LCSH Subject Headings:
- Faribault, David Jr.1821 -1886
- Dakota Indians--Wars, 1862-1865
- Faribault, David Sr.
- Faribault, Alex
- Fowler, Sterne H.
- Sibley, Henry
- Lincoln, Abraham
Related Collections at MSUM:
Little Six (Shakopee) and Medicine Bottle. Trial Documents, 1862 - 1865. SMHC Manuscript Collection 165, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.