Tuesday, November 30, 2010
SAND CREEK MASSACRE
The cavalry under the direction of US Army Colonel John Chivington, incidentally a Methodist preacher, was ordered to attack a camp of peaceful Cherokee (mostly women, children and old men) who had an American flag flying and had hung a white sign of peace and surrender before the attack.
The 800 men slaughtered the Cherokee in what seemed to be a frenzy, raping, scalping and dismembering their victims.
The movie Soldier Blue, made in 1970 and starring Candace Bergman and Peter Strauss was based on the Sand Creek massacre. Of course the protagonists in the movie are the benevolent white folk, but at least the story was told.
Posted by Morgan at 5:54 PM