Military History Monday: Sand Creek Massacre

sandcreek400One hundred and forty-nine years ago, on November 29, 1864, perhaps the most atrocious and disturbing attacks in United States military history occurred at Sand Creek, an encampment in Colorado Territory of 700-800 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians.  The attack was led by John Milton Chivington, a particularly fierce and staunch abolitionist who also happened to be an ordained Methodist minister.

John Milton Chivington

John Milton Chivington was born in Ohio in 1821.  John was five years old when his father died, leaving John and his brothers to run the farm.  Even though he had only been able to attend school sporadically, by the time he married in 1844 he had been running a timber business for several years.  Although not a religious person, he became interested in Methodism and in 1844 he was ordained as a Methodist minister.

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