Sand Creek

In 1864, as the Civil War toiled to an end, Union soldiers in Colorado raided an encampment of Cheyenne and Arapahoe, killing and mutilating women and children. National opinion polarized over Sand Creek. The government claimed provocation; critics like Lydia Child cried massacre.

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Diary of Charles Irving Eaton. Entries for 28-29 November and 2 December 1864.

Gift of Demaris Yearick (MSS 12204). With portrait of Charles Irving Eaton, ca. 1865. Courtesy of Demaris Yearick

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Lydia Maria Francis Child, An Appeal for the Indians

New York: Wm. P. Tomlinson, 1868. Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature (PS1293 .A65 1868)