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

Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust

 
 
Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 30, 2021
1. Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust Marker
Inscription.   Activity in the Villages
As the attack moved toward the northern-most Cheyenne and Arapaho encampments, tribal members sought to escape, even as artillery shells exploded overhead. Within the first hour of the attack command and control of the soldiers gave way, with soldiers indiscriminately attacking any Cheyenne or Arapaho they encountered. “By this time there was no organization among our troops, they were a perfect mob - every man on his own hook.”
Captain Silas Soule, Company D, 1st Regiment Cavalry (from a letter written to Maj. Edward Wynkoop, December 14, 1864).

“The camp crier called out “Wake up Arapahos! We're being attacked by soldiers!” I ran outside. It was terrible. Everyone scattered all over and the big guns were firing. The camp crier was an old man. He was still announcing “Scatter! We will meet again at the place we had our last Sun Dance!” I was terrified. Then I ran and ran, north.”
Hubert Warren, Sr., relating the story of his Arapaho Grandmother Singing-Under-Water (Sand Creek Massacre Project, Site Location Study, Vol. I)

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Every Soldier Felt the Same
Not all of Chivington's soldiers condoned the slaughter. Some, such as Private Isaac Clarke, Company G, 1st Regiment, abhorred the senseless killing they witnessed. He and his fellow artillery crewmen became so enraged at the murder of Indians by the “100 Day Men” of the 3rd Regiment that “...it was all our officers could do, to keep us from turning our artillery loose and we would have done our best to kill every hundred day man in the bunch...”
(from a family transcription of Isaac Clarke Memoir, Colorado College Special Collections).

"During this time the Indians had been running up the creek, and the whole command moved forward and took such positions as best suited them, as there appeared to be no general organization, and no one to command,…”
Second Lieutenant Joseph A. Cramer, Ist Regiment. (Testimony March 1, 1865)
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is December 14, 1864.
 
Location. 38° 33.459′ N, 102° 31.504′ W. Marker is near Chivington, Colorado, in Kiowa County. Memorial can be reached from County Highway W east of Chief White Antelope Way. Located on the Bluff Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eads CO 81036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers.
Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, August 30, 2021
2. Chaos, Disorder, and Disgust Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Incredible Feats of Bravery (here, next to this marker); An End to the Slaughter (approx. 0.2 miles away); Incriminations and Culpability (approx. 0.2 miles away); Past, Present, and Future Come Together (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Big Head Fight (approx. 0.3 miles away); Conflict Within and Without (approx. 0.3 miles away); Attack and Pursuit (approx. 0.6 miles away); Troops Approach the Village (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chivington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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