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melody dover (#46839180)
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Found this website when looking for relatives and decided it was a great thing to do for others and have had some great experiences in walking through cemetaries. Lived in Pueblo until 2009 and moved to Denver.
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Janice Dow Mendelson
sand creek cont.
Go to in search books and you will find an extensive list of books available on Sand Creek. I am sure the library has all these books. Also, go to Colorado Tourism and they will list info regarding visiting Sand Creek, which was just dedicated as a national historic site a few years ago.
Added by Janice Dow Mendelson on Mar 14, 2011 10:13 AM
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Sand Creek continued
For a TOTALLY different perspective, read Gregory Michano's "Battle At Sand Creek". I have read everything and formed by own conclusion. If interested you should read all views and do the same. Thanks.
Added by Janice Dow Mendelson on Mar 14, 2011 7:49 AM
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Governor John Evans
Knowing his history, I thought it was an injustice he was never truly held accountable for his role in the infamous Sand Creek Massacre. There is so much written about this incident, but a good book to read for further information is " Black Kettie, The Cheyenne Chief who Sought Peace But Found War". In a nutshell, Evans was railroad investor who became a wealthy man. He parlayed his wealth into political influence and was named governor of Colorado territory. His view of Native Americans was like many at th time, which is they were subhuman with no rights. To make his vision of Colorado a reality, more white settlers were needed, but unfortunately the Indians resented the takeover of their land and some fought back. Evans and his friend, Col Chivington wanted a convincing victory over the Native Americans to show the territory was safe. They knew where a large camp of Cheyenne were located. (They knew because Evans had promised the Cheyenne safely if they camped there) Chvington attacked the camp at dawn (many of his men were drunk), and killed about a hundred plus Cheyenne, most were women and children. Their bodies were horribly mutilated. Evans decorated Chivington and declared him a hero, but the true story eventually began to surface. Three soldiers involved, who were willing to testify to the massacre, were killed to stop their stories from getting out. Neither Evans nor Chivington were punished, but their political careers were cut short. Sand Creek is one of the blackest chapters in our country's history. As I said, there is so much information out there on Evans and Sand Creek. Please check it. After I left the message, I thought maybe I should just remove it. I thought no one knows or cares who he is. Guess I was wrong!
Added by Janice Dow Mendelson on Mar 13, 2011 6:54 PM

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