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Examples of Prison-pen
While free on the prairies, these wild warriors had bitterly hated the missionaries with all the intensity of their savage natures.
But now occurred the strangest phase of this wondrously strange story.
Three hundred embittered, defeated Indian warriors, manacled, fettered with balls and chains,-but clothed and in their right minds,-were sitting in groups upon the wintry grounds reverently observing the Lord's supper.
Before his departure, he administered the Lord's supper, to these new converts.
While these events were transpiring in the prison-pen at Mankato, a similar work of grace was also in progress in the prison camp at Fort Snelling, where fifteen hundred men, women and children, mainly the families of the Mankato prisoners, were confined under guard.
In 1866 they were released by the government and returned to their native prairies, where they then became the nuclei of other churches, other Sabbath schools and other church organizations; and so these formerly savage Sioux became a benediction rather than a terror to their neighbors on the plains of the Dakotas.