Post by custerwest on Feb 22, 2008 11:30:54 GMT -5
As for Chivington though, his men were definitely out of order because some ended up killing captain Silas Soule for preparing to testify against the action on the village, which he considered peaceful in view of the "flag incident". Silas Soule was shot to death, and his friends who would testify with him were poisoned.
On this one, Greg Michno showed that Soule had already testified that that his murder cannot be proven to have anything to do with Sand Creek. Silas Soule was provost marshall at the time of his death and killed on active duty. His murderer was a former soldier involved in Sand Creek, but also a heavy gambler, drinker and morphine user.
This murder was used by Edward Wynkoop, a very zealous liar, to support his (justified) claims on the horrors at Sand Creek and his (unjustified) claims on Black Kettle's "peaceful" state.
More interesting, Wynkoop's same garbage on Black kettle's peaceful hostage taking was back in 1868. Wynkoop succeeded in interviewing Little Rock's about Black kettle's massacres in August 1868 and stating in December 1868 that the Cheyenne Chief was the best friend of the Whites. What a joke!
Custer even wrote in his book that some pro-Indian activists said that Black Kettle had fought with the Union army in the Civil War! ;D
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2008 11:32:55 GMT -5 by custerwest
Lt,. Captain Silas S. Soule wrote a letter dated December 19, 1864 from Ft. Lyon, C. T., to Major Ed Wynkoop, his commanding officer.
It reads in part what he witnessed at Sand Creek, “…hundreds of women and children were coming towards us and getting on their knees for mercy. Anthony shouted, ‘Kill the sons of bitches’ ”
The letter goes on to say in part, “…the massacre lasted six to eight hours…I tell you Ned it was hard to see little children on their knees have their brains beat out by men professing to be civilized. Some tried to escape on the Prairie, but most of them were run down by horsemen …They were all horribly mutilated. One women was cut open and child taken out of her, and scalped…”