Playhouse 90

Season 1 Episode 13

Massacre at Sand Creek

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Dec 27, 1956 on CBS
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Massacre at Sand Creek
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A drama set in 1860s Colorado about the tragically manipulative ways of a U.S. Army colonel who forces the Cheyenne to fight a battle they want to avoid. Seeking fame and the rank of a general, the self-serving colonel drives the Cheyenne warriors into an unprotectable region known as Sand Creek. Despite the efforts of a young U.S. soldier intent on saving them, the Indians were massacred.moreless

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    Everett Sloane

    Everett Sloane

    Colonel John Templeton

    Guest Star

    Gene Evans

    Gene Evans

    Sergeant Maddox

    Guest Star

    William Schallert

    William Schallert

    Captain Kingsley

    Guest Star

    Dick Joy

    Dick Joy

    Announcer

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      • One of the most controversial incidents in Colorado's robust past was the Massacre at Sand Creek in 1864, when the U.S. cavalry efficiently wiped out up to 800 unsuspecting Cheyenne men, women and children. The Cheyennes under Chief Black Kettle had camped at Sand Creek, near Fort Lyon, Colo., under a friendly officer's promise of protection. But the regional cavalry commander, Colonel J.M. Chivington, was a man dedicated to eradicating Indians, and his order to the troops was "Kill all, little and big." Chivington's raiders took no prisoners and carried 100 Indian scalps back to show off in a Denver theater. The massacre fired the Plains Indians to renewed warfare against the white man and shocked the East.

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