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At dawn on November 29, 1864, a volunteer Denver militia swept down on a sleeping Cheyenne and Arapaho village camped on the Big
Sandy River in southeastern Colorado, exacting brutal revenge for a year-long campaign of terror waged by tribal warrior societies on the
Kansas and Colorado plains. When the smoke cleared, Colonel John M. Chivington’s troops returned to Denver, waving Indian scalps and
body parts to an adoring crowd that hailed their conquering heroes as saviors of the territory. Chivington claimed his militia decimated the
entire Cheyenne and Arapaho nations – some five to six hundred warriors among them, including the fearsome Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. His
actions prompted the Rocky Mountain News to hoist Chivington among the greatest American military leaders of the time, an endorsement
that would surely catapult the former Methodist preacher to lofty political office.
But the Dog Soldiers were still alive. In fact, few if any of the warriors guilty of the violent depredations on the Plains were anywhere near Sand
Creek when the civilian militia attacked. Union soldiers accused Chivington of conducting a wholesale massacre of Indian prisoners camped
under the protection of the army, claiming the majority of the 160 killed were women, children and elderly. Within months, Chivington’s
renowned "Battle of Sand Creek" descended into a broiling kettle of accusation and recrimination, turning soldier against soldier, and Indian
Sand Creek dramatically reassembles the labyrinth of power, politics and controversy that ignited the most notorious event in the history of
the American West. Kevin Cahill’s spellbinding narrative examines the massacre at Sand Creek, from its early roots predating the Civil War,
to the subsequent government investigations after Chivington’s attack, which entangled both soldiers and Indians in a web of political deceit
and murder. Cahill’s insightful resurrection of the true-life Indians, soldiers and settlers provides a poignant perspective on the monumental
struggle for life on the 1860s Plains.
Sand Creek is a balanced and remarkably accurate real-life western adventure unlike anything ever written about the Sand Creek Massacre.
On the plains of Bleeding Kansas,
America's true natives are embroiled
in a life or death struggle, indifferent
to the political collision between blue
The inevitable war between ancient
native culture and Anglican progress
in the New World is about to explode on
the dark and frigid banks of a Colorado
river that the Cheyennes call Ponoeohe.
Sand Creek, a novel by Kevin Cahill Copyright ©2005 by Kevin I. Cahill. All Rights Reserved
This work is an adaptation of Sand Creek, a Screenplay by Kevin Cahill Copyright ©1996 by Kevin I. Cahill. All Rights Reserved. WGAw 746856
Cover design Copyright ©2005 by Kevin I. Cahill. All Rights Reserved
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