Re: The Massacre at Sand Creek -> The Battle Of The Wash-ta!

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Posted by Rich on March 23, 1999 at 04:04:55:

In Reply to: The Massacre at Sand Creek posted by Champ on March 22, 1999 at 20:45:29:

: Last year we were able to get the site of the Battle of the Wash*ta
: turned into a National Park. It was this massacre by Lt. Col. Custer that
: eventually led to his demise at the Little Big Horn.

: Please support Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell by e-mail at

: Deo Vindice
: Glenn Jones
: Headquarters Camp #584

Thanks, Champ! Truly a site deserving of recognition!

I just wanted to add that it was this SAME village, under the leadership of Black Kettle, that was attacked 4 years later on the banks of the Wash-ta River in what is now Oklahoma. Black Kettle & his wife were killed in this attack ... to the rollicking tune of "Garry Owen"!! What a mixed picture ... the stillness of a winter's dawn on the Plains. Snow on the ground. A peaceful & sleeping Cheyenne village. Then, thundering hooves of calvary horses & the band plays on! Really, they played music! Finally, gunshots, screams, & blood.

It should be noted, in fairness, that there is evidence to suggest that some of the young warriors in Black Kettle's band had been guilty of raids, etc.

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