Black Kettle's men in the massacres

Publié le par custerwest

One of Black Kettle's headmen was leading 200 warriors in massacres of white civilians before the battle of the Washita.
source: Richard G. Hardorff., Washita Memories, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, page 52

Testimony of witness Edmund Guerrier, mix-blood civilian: 

"I was with the Cheyenne Indians at the time of the massacre of the Solomon and Saline Rivers, in Kansas, the early part or middle of last August, and I was living at this time with Little Rock's band [Little Rock and Black Kettle led the same band]. The war party [of 200 Cheyennes and 4 Arapahoes] who started for the Solomon was composed of young men of Little Rock's, Black Kettle's [all from Black Kettle's village], Medicine Arrow's and Bull Bear's bands [...] 
Red Nose, and The Man Who Breaks The Marrow Bones, (Ho-eh-a-mo-a-ha) were the two leaders of the massacre; the former belonged to the Dog Soldiers, and the latter to Black Kettle's band."

Black Kettle: the peaceful warchief of a peaceful band which was peacefully on the warpath and peacefully killing more than 200 white men, women and children...

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