A misplaced massacre : struggling over the memory of Sand by Chivington, John Milton; Kelman, Ari

By Chivington, John Milton; Kelman, Ari

In the early morning of November 29, 1864, with the destiny of the Union nonetheless doubtful, a part of the 1st Colorado and the vast majority of the 3rd Colorado volunteer regiments, commanded by means of Colonel John Chivington, shocked enormous quantities of Cheyenne and Arapaho humans camped at the banks of Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado Territory. greater than one hundred fifty local american citizens have been slaughtered, nearly all of them girls, young ones, and the aged, making it the most notorious instances of state-sponsored violence in U.S. heritage. A lost Massacre examines the ways that generations of usa citizens have struggled to return to phrases with the which means of either the assault and its aftermath, so much publicly on the 2007 commencing of the Sand Creek bloodbath nationwide old Site.

This web site opened after a protracted and remarkably contentious making plans approach. local americans, Colorado ranchers, students, Park provider staff, and politicians alternately argued and allied with each other round the query of even if the nation’s crimes, in addition to its achievements, may be memorialized. Ari Kelman finds the tales of these who lived in the course of the atrocity, in addition to those that grappled with its troubling legacy, to bare how the intertwined histories of the conquest and colonization of the yank West and the U.S. Civil warfare left enduring nationwide scars.

Combining painstaking study with storytelling valuable of a singular, A lost Massacre probes the intersection of historical past and reminiscence, laying naked the methods differing teams of usa citizens come to grasp a shared past.

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2. Cheyenne Indians—Wars, 1864. 3. Chivington, John M. (John Milton), 1821–1894. 4. United States. Army. Colorado Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1864)—History. 5. United States. Army. Colorado Cavalry Regiment, 1st (1862–1865)—History. I. Title. 8004'97353—dc23 2012012122 CONTENTS List of Maps and Illustrations Preface 1 A Perfect Mob 2 Looters 3 The Smoking Gun 4 Accurate but Not Precise 5 Indelible Infamy 6 You Can’t Carve Things in Stone Epilogue: When Is Enough Enough? Notes Index MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS Map of Colorado Sand Creek Massacre site Sand Creek Battle Ground marker Obelisk erected to memorialize Sand Creek Colorado Civil War Memorial, Denver Plaque affixed to the base of the Colorado Civil War Memorial George Bent’s maps of Sand Creek Samuel Bonsall’s map of military sites along the Western frontier Map of the site of the Sand Creek Massacre, based on archival projections Map of archeological findings at the Sand Creek Massacre site Map of the boundary of the Sand Creek Massacre site National Park Service map of the Sand Creek Massacre site Southern Cheyenne, Southern Arapaho, and Northern Cheyenne map of the Sand Creek Massacre site Revised plaque placed at the Colorado Civil War Memorial Stand of young cottonwoods at Sand Creek Map of Jeff C.

Anyway, he concluded with a rhetorical wave, the “trinkets taken at the Indian camp were of no value. ”22 Chivington next explained why he had attacked the particular Indians at Sand Creek, bands that dismayed critics noted had been arrayed under peace chiefs like Black Kettle and Little Raven. Questioning this conventional wisdom, Chivington claimed again that the Cheyennes and Arapahos had actually been hostile. ”—he instead offered a composite sketch of savages who for years had menaced settlers on the Plains.

Jacket photo by Tom Carr. Publication of this book has been supported through the generous provisions of the Maurice and Lula Bradley Smith Memorial Fund. The Library of Congress has cataloged the printed edition as follows: Kelman, Ari, 1968– A misplaced massacre : struggling over the memory of Sand Creek / Ari Kelman. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-674-04585-9 (alk. paper) 1. , 1864. 2. Cheyenne Indians—Wars, 1864. 3. Chivington, John M. (John Milton), 1821–1894.

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