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The Sand Creek Massacre.

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The Sand Creek Massacre In this piece of coursework I am going to find out if the Sand Creek Massacre really was a massacre or just another battle. I understand that a massacre is a merciless killing of people or animals. Also I understand that a battle is an organised fight two or more different armed fighters. In source C, on the assessment sheet, says that Black Kettle, who is chief of the Cheyenne tribe, ran from his lodge shouting at the white soldiers, who then started shooting cannonballs and rifle fire on the camp, on 29th November 1864. The Indian women and children were hiding in hollows or pits around the camp. This source came from Ralph. K. Andrist. Black Kettle (?? - 1868) In source A, Robert Bent, a half-cast Cheyenne, who was actually there, said "They sent a little girl about six years old with a white flag on a stick." ...read more.

Middle

The first is that the Indian braves had weapons and they were attempting to make stands in hollows or pits in the creek bank, protecting the women and children. The second is that few of the Cheyenne had arms or any opportunity to obtain them; these means that some Cheyenne took a risk of going back to their tipis and grab their weapons to protect them. The third and final fact of the source is the same one that I explained for the massacre section, it is, cannon and rifle firing swept through the camp from the US soldiers side. It means that the soldiers were shooting the Indians, while the Indians were trying to fight back. Sources F and G say nothing else about a battle but it does say something about a massacre. In source H, was written by Colonel Chivington straight after the attack. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source K came from Major Anthony a US soldier, who was present at the massacre. He explains that the Indians had shown more bravery than he has seen. This means that he has seen the Indians being brave like them, by showing that the White settlers believe in by facing the enemy. The Indians believe that running away from the enemy means that they would live to fight another day. I think that my opinion of this massacre means that this has shown that it was a battle and not a massacre, because most of the sources show it was a battle. These sources made me think was it a battle or a massacre. I looked at all the sources that I have shown that it was a battle or a massacre. I thought that from these first facts of the sources, that it had shown it was a massacre. The people who wrote these sources and some painted them believed it was a massacre. By James Bamber 11mt ...read more.

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