Col. John Chivington

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Col. John M. Chivington, 1821-1892, is remembered mainly for the genocidal villainy of the Sand Creek Massacre, an 19th century version of My Lai. In November, 1864 he led an attack on a peaceful Indian encampment east of Denver. Hundreds of Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, including many women and children, were cut down. Despite three inquiries and damning testimony by witnesses, no action was taken against Chivington, a Civil War hero. He is buried in Denver.

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