Sand Creek Battle Ground - Kiowa County, Colorado
Posted by: Big B Bob
N 38° 32.973 W 102° 30.689
13S E 716860 N 4269727
Quick Description: A modest marker remembers the most infamous event in Colorado history.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 4:17:38 PM
Waymark Code: WM6KJV
The Sand Creek Massacre was one of the most infamous incidents of the Indian Wars. Initially reported in the press as a victory against a bravely fought defense by the Cheyenne, later eyewitness testimony conflicted with these reports, resulting in a military and two Congressional investigations into the events.
Before dawn on November 29, 1864, more than 700 soldiers, mostly volunteer Colorado state militia, attacked an Indian encampment on Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, killing old men, women, children, and babies, while most of the men of the village were away hunting. Leading the attack was Colonel John M. Chivington, a former Methodist preacher known as the "Fighting Parson." Chivington was already on record as saying his mission in life was "to kill Indians."
At Sand Creek, he ignored peace signals, an American flag and a white flag hanging from the lodge of Black Kettle, chief of the Southern Cheyenne. Black Kettle, among those who survived, died four years later in another attack, by troops under Lt. Col. George A. Custer at the Washita River in Oklahoma.
In August of 1950 the Colorado Historical Society assisted local residents and the Eads and Lamar Chambers of Commerce in placing a marker atop the bluff at the Dawson South Bend.
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site opened to the public on June 1, 2007.
Group or Groups Responsible for Placement:
Colorado Historical Society
County or City: Kiowa
Date Dedicated: August 1950
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