On 29 November 1864, between 70 to 165 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians (most of whom were women and children) were killed, when a 700-man force of the Colorado Militia attacked their village at Sand Creek.
The attack on the Indians was led by Colonel John Milton Chivington, which is why Sand Creek is also known as ‘the Chivington Massacre’.
As can be seen from this newspaper report of August 1865, the attack caused outrage and led to an official investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives. This newspaper report also contains a chilling description of the massacre.
To find out more about Sand Creek, just to a search on the name or on the surname of Chivington.
Lincolnshire Chronicle – Saturday 19 August 1865
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