Sandy Creek Massacre Virtual Reality Tour:
The Sandy Creek Massacre set off one of the bloodiest chapters of the Indian Wars. Apparently, the U.S. Army Commander Col. John Shivington (a Methodist preacher, freemason, and opponent of slavery), acted on his own accord to order the massacre of 70-163 men, women and children. Many of his men protested the raid.
In the following years, Indian Dog Warriors retaliated with even harsher treatment of their white civilian captives.
“The Sand Creek raid was a massacre in the American Indian Wars that occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 675-man force of Colorado U.S. Volunteer Cavalry attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 70–163 Native Americans, about two-thirds of whom were women and children. The location has been designated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service.” … read more Wikipedia
Colonel Chivington should have, at the very least, been court marshaled for this raid. One of his officers told the true story and was later gunned down in the streets of Denver, by known associates. They were never brought to justice. Chivington never expressed any regret for his actions that day.
This park is remote to get to, but well worth the effort.
Address: 55411 County Rd W, Eads, CO 81036