“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Eads in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Attack

The Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
1. The Attack Marker
Inscription. A barrage of arms fire was leveled against the Cheyenne and Arapaho. Amid the wild confusion, soldiers noticed people at the village “... going slowly away in a sort of listless, and dazed, or confused manner ...” Throughout the morning and into the afternoon, Volunteers pursued the Indians up Sand Creek and across adjacent plains and bluffs. The scene became chaotic as troops advanced up both sides of the creek. A member of the 3rd Colorado remembered, “After a short dash we halted and dismounted ... events succeeded each other so rapidly now, that no one could look about much to see what the other companies did.”

The people’s bloody trek northwards continued for miles. Women and children stopped only long enough to dig pits along the stream’s dry banks and channel. A young woman, White Horse, mother of Chief Kias, “... was hit on the calf of a leg. She rushed toward the flag at first, but fled when the soldiers began firing. She fell down when the bullet struck her leg, but got up and made her way toward Sand Creek. As White Horse ran along Sand Creek she passed many dead people, from babies on up ... White Horse even passed a woman bearing a child ... White Horse came across some Cheyennes digging trenches ... She went into the trench and was saved that way ...”

By evening,
George Bent and his Wife Magpie image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
2. George Bent and his Wife Magpie
Close-up of image on marker
Volunteers made their way back to the village. Here, some of the lodges were used to doctor the wounded while buffalo robes and other abandoned possessions were taken for bedding and “souvenirs.” Later, the village was burned and its contents destroyed. A Cheyenne eyewitness stated, “About 53 men were killed and 110 women and children killed, 163 in all killed. Lots of men, women and children were wounded.” Accounts also state “Two Cheyenne women with their children (and) one Arapaho woman with her grandson ...” were taken prisoner. “... Measure Woman with her child (Mrs. White Frog) and White Girl with her son, White Eyes, stayed in One Eye’s lodge and were taken out ... by soldiers. An old Arapaho woman and Tom White Shirt were taken from hole near the village.”

(Photo Caption)
George Bent was the son of Owl Woman, a Cheyenne, and frontiersman William Bent. George and his younger brother Charles were in the Cheyenne village at Sand Creek. Bent wrote hundreds of letters detailing Southern Cheyenne history. George Bent passed away at Colony, OK., 1918. In the photo with George Bent is his wife Mapgie. Magpie passed away May 10, 1886. Her father, Cut Lip Bear, was killed at Sand Creek. Magpie’s mother was called Nis-ti-nah.
Erected by National Park Service.
The Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
3. The Attack Marker
View to north towards Sand Creek
38° 32.883′ N, 102° 30.51′ W. Marker is near Eads, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Marker can be reached from County Road W 1.3 miles east of County Road 54. Click for map. Marker is located in Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site; the above directions are to the intersection of County Road W and the driveway to the park visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sand Creek Massacre (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Healing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Testimony (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pleas for Peace (approx. 0.2 miles away); Why? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Remains (approx. 0.2 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is along the trail to the monument and overlook; it is a 1/3 mile walk from the visitor center parking lot to the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on February 19, 2014.) 

2. Sand Creek Massacre - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 19, 2014.)
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
Entrance to Sand Creek Massacre NHS image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
4. Entrance to Sand Creek Massacre NHS
View to northwest from County Road W towards overlook area and marker site
Site of Sand Creek Massacre image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
5. Site of Sand Creek Massacre
View from the overlook
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 126 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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