Madison County Native American murders statement of expenditures
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- 1824, 1873
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Shortly after the crime, the county militia moved to capture the men involved and though one escaped, the rest were taken into custody and put on trial for murder. Indiana Agent John Johnston made the arrangements for prosecuting the accused and he used federal funds to provide provisions to the families of the victims. Following jury trials, three men were executed and one was pardoned due to his youth. The events that occurred back in March 1824 stand out not only for the cruel and senseless violence against innocent victims, but also for the fact that Indians were able to obtain justice through the laws of the United States, a rare occurrence in the early nineteenth century.
Indiana Historical Bureau. "Indians Murdered 1824." Historical Markers. Accessed June 28, 2018. https://www.in.gov/history/markers/4342.htm.
Neal, Andrea. "Massacre at Fall Creek Tested Frontier Justice." Norhtwest Indiana Times, May 7, 2014. https://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/andrea-neal/andrea-neal-massacre-at-fall-creek-tested-frontier-justice/article_5db5d374-d90d-5ca9-b48e-8f03f4abf801.html.
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