Post by custerwest on Feb 19, 2008 5:14:24 GMT -5
custersfreckles said:Was Black Kettle's village "peaceful?" Well, it was asleep--a word that can be stretched via a good thesaurus to mean--peaceful.
Was Washita a massacre? Women and children were killed by scouts under Custer's control. Would it help to add an explanation of the warlike relations between Osage and Cheyenne? Yep. But wasn't Custer in ultimate control of his delegation of scouts? Didn't he pride himself on his sign language and good relations with the Indian?
Goodness, this is history, not hatred. It's our land--a land that we're proud to love, despite the lumps and warts--and its history.
Peaceful is by acts. I know a lot of serial killers who were caught asleep and killed. It doesn't make them peaceful at all. At Waco, the sect was asleep too, but I've never heard anywhere that it made them peaceful buddies.
Black Kettle was holding hostages in his village and had so much blood on his hands that he didn't even try to hide it while confronting Hazen at Fort Cobb.
Saying that Black Kettle was peaceful is nonsense, it's pure fraud. As Jeff Broome said, every criminal court in the world would conclude that the Cheyennes were "guilty beyond any reasonable doubt". The evidence is just overwhelming.
There is no evidence of massacre whatsoever, it's propaganda too. Sgt-Maj Kennedy was killed while escorting Indian civilians to the rear. Custer sent Romero to stop soldiers who were firing at fleeing civilians. He gave orders to spare every civilian and his orders were respected.
Kennedy and maybe many more soldiers were killed because they didn't fire at everybody and were thus in danger of being hit. A bugler was hit by an arrow because he thought that it was a woman and held his fire. He then discovered that it was an old man with a bow. The arrow barely entered his neck.