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Near Eads in Kiowa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Attack

 
 
The Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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woman bearing a child ... White Horse came across some Cheyennes digging trenches ... She went into the trench and was saved that way ...”

By evening, 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
George Bent and his Wife Magpie image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
2. George Bent and his Wife Magpie
Close-up of image on marker
mother was called Nis-ti-nah.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1917.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 32.883′ N, 102° 30.51′ W. Marker was near Eads, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Marker could be reached from County Road W, 1.3 miles east of County Road 54. 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. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Fort Lyon Reservation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sand Creek as Camp Site (about 300 feet away); Sacred Memory (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Chief’s Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cheyenne and Arapaho Village at Sand Creek
The Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
3. The Attack Marker
View to north towards Sand Creek
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Returned to Sand Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dawn November 29, 1864 (approx. ¼ mile away); The Sand Creek Massacre (approx. 0.3 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.)
 
Entrance to Sand Creek Massacre NHS image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed By Duane Hall, October 8, 2010
5. Site of Sand Creek Massacre
View from the overlook
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 908 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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