Finding the Blinns at Washita

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FOUND ON THE GROUND OF THE BATTLE OF THE WASHITA
THE BLINNS


source: Stan Hoig, The Battle of the Washita, University of Nebraska Press, 1970, page 212


Major Harold Moore, of the 19th Kansas, indicated that the bodies of the Blinns (two of Black Kettle's white captives, murdered by the Cheyennes) were found by the men of his unit on the ground of the battle of the Washita, to the contrary of what Sheridan and Custer said. They were actually found by Captain George Jenness: 

“In the timber, by the river, were the ashes and remains of Indian wigwams, burned by Custer’s men, and at this point, Black Kettle was killed. Here were the bodies Miss Blinn and her child, lying some rods apart.”

Clara Blinn was scalped, a bullet hole in her forehead, and her skull crushed. Nearby, the 19th Kansas found the thin, little body of Willie, bearing evidence of bruises about the head (he had been smashed against a tree by the Cheyennes).
  
 
SEE Clara Blinn's martyrdom in Black Kettle's village 

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REMEMBER CLARA AND WILLIE BLINN


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