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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    • 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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    • Arthur Hiller was nominated for an EMMY for his work in this episode in the Best Direction category.

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