The Great Hangings of 1862

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The Great Hangings of 1862

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In Gainesville, Texas in October 1862, 41 men were lynched for being or suspected of being Union sympathizers. It is the largest extra-legal or vigilante hanging in American history.

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Oh my, how terrible!
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suspected?? did they have a trial?? thats wha you call.....'rough justice'
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A hanging tree or hangman's tree is any tree used to perform executions by hanging, especially in the United States. The term is also used colloquially in all English-speaking countries to refer to any gallows.

What kind of tree is a hanging tree?
An official Texas Historic Landmark, the Goliad Hanging Tree is a symbol of justice, Texas-style. For 24 years the court trials of Goliad County were held under this big oak tree. Death sentences were carried out promptly, usually within a few minutes, courtesy of the tree's many handy noose-worthy branches.

When was the last lynching in the US?
The lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile, Alabama on March 21, 1981, was one of the last lynchings in the United States. Several Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members beat and killed Michael Donald, a 19-year-old African-American, and hung his body from a tree.

I did see a hanging tree when I was out west. Sooky looking!
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oh my gosh I wonder if the KKK gave Michael a fair trial. I wonder if people now who are going to be executed have the choice of being shot, hung or lethal injection??
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