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Colorado Soldier's Monument

 
 
Colorado Soldier's Monument Marker <i>(West Side)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 24, 2007
1. Colorado Soldier's Monument Marker (West Side)
Inscription.  (West side):
Colorado Territory - Organized
February 28, 1861
Colorado Admitted as a State
August 1, 1876
Census of Territory in 1861 - 23,331
War Governors
William Gilpin
Richard Ed Whitsitt Adjutant General
1861-1862
John Evans
David H. Moffat, Jr. Adjutant General
1863-1865
Military Organizations in the Civil War
First Colorado Infantry
Later First Colorado Cavalry
Col. John P. Slough Col. John M Chivington
Second Colorado Infantry
Col Jesse H. Leavenworth
Third Colorado Infantry
Later consolidated with Second Inf. to form Second Colo. Cav.
Col. James H. Ford
Third Colorado Cavalry
Col. Geo L. Shoup
McLain's Independent Battery
Captain Tyler's Mounted Rangers

Volunteer Soldiers Credited to Colorado - 4,903
Highest average of any state or territory and with no draft or bounty

Battles and Engagements
Val Verde, N.M. 1862
Apache Canon, N.M. 1862
Pigeon's Ranch, N.M. 1862
La Cloretta, N.M. 1862
Peralta, N.M. 1862
Cabin
Colorado Soldier's Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
February 19, 2005
2. Colorado Soldier's Monument Marker
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Creek, Ind. TY. 1863
Honey Springs, Ind. TY. 1863
Camden Point, MO. 1864
Fredericksburg, MO. 1864
Little Blue, MO. 1864
Big Blue, MO. 1864
Westport, MO. 1864
Marias des Cygnes, MO. 1864
Mine Creek, MO. 1864
Little Black, MO. 1864
Newtonia, MO. 1864
Trading Post, MO. 1864
Fremont's Orchard, Colo. 1864
Smokey Hill, Colo. 1864
Cedar Canon, Colo. 1864
Sand Creek, Colo. 1864

Gold Discovered
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Erected 1909 by State of Colorado.
 
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is February 28, 1861.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 39° 44.354′ N, 104° 59.138′ W. Marker was in Denver, Colorado, in Denver County. Marker was on Sherman Street. Located on the west steps of the Capitol. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver CO 80203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Sand Creek Massacre (here, next to this marker); Colorado State Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Logan’s Memorial Day Order (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irving Hale (about 300 feet away); Alfred Dach
Monuments south side image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
3. Monuments south side
COLORADO
To the Memory of Colorado Soldiers who died in the Civil War as follows:
First Colorado Cavalry (118 names)
(about 300 feet away); Joe P. Martinez (about 400 feet away); Colorado State Capitol Time Capsule (about 400 feet away); Armenian Genocide (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denver.
 
Regarding Colorado Soldier's Monument. There is a disclaimer plaque, authorized by Senate Joint Resolution 99-017, located on the low brick wall surrounding this monument. A closeup is included in picture 7 and it reads:

The controversy surrounding this Civil War Monument has become a symbol of Coloradans' struggle to understand and take responsibility for our past. On November 29, 1864, Colorado's First and Third cavalry, commanded by Colonel John Chivington, attacked Chief Black Kettle's peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians on the banks of Sand Creek, about 180 miles southeast of here. In the surprise attack, soldiers killed more than 150 of the village's 500 inhabitants. Most of the victims were elderly men, women, and children.

Though some civilians and military personnel immediately denounced the attack as a massacre, others claimed the village was a legitimate target. This Civil War Monument, paid for by funds from the Pioneers' Association and the State,
Monument's East side image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
4. Monument's East side
COLORADO
To the Memory of Colorado Soldiers who died in the Civil War as follows:
Second Colorado Infantry (22 names)
Second Colorado Cavalry (84 names)
was erected on July 24, 1909, to honor all Colorado soldiers who had fought in battles of the Civil War in Colorado and elsewhere. By designating Sand Creek a battle, the monument's designers mischaracterized the actual events. Protests led by some Sand Creek descendants and others throughout the twentieth century have since led to the widespread recognition of the tragedy as the Sand Creek Massacre.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia history of vandalism, removal and future of Monument. (Submitted on November 26, 2021.)
 
Monument's North side image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
5. Monument's North side
COLORADO
To the Memory of Colorado Soldiers who died in the Civil War as follows:
Second Colorado Cavalry (24 names)
Third Colorado Infantry (8 names)
Third Colorado Cavalry (17 names)
McLain's Independent Battery (6 names)
The Unknown Dead
Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light
6. Civil War Monument
The disclaimer plaque about Sand Creek is just visible on the top of the reddish brick wall (very low). It is the dark surface right of center.
Disclaimer about the Colorado Soldier's Monument image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light
7. Disclaimer about the Colorado Soldier's Monument
See comments in "Regarding Colorado Soldier's Monument" above.
View from Civil War Memorial towards the newer Veterans memorial image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, December 23, 2007
8. View from Civil War Memorial towards the newer Veterans memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,989 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   2. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 22, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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