Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Remembers the Contributions of Captain Silas S. Soule, Nov. 26-28

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The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 is one of the bloodiest days in Colorado’s history. The Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk committee and supporters are commemorating the 145th anniversary of the tradegy at Sand Creek on Nov. 26-28. Runners from Montana, Oklahoma and Colorado will begin the at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 18 miles northeast of Eads, Colo. and arrive in Denver for special events open to the public.

History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, is pleased to partner with the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk Committee to raise awareness for the Sand Creek Healing Run/Walk.

The Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk committee and supporters are commemorating the 145th anniversary of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Runners from Montana, Oklahoma and Colorado began the Eleventh Annual Run/Walk at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 18 miles northeast of Eads, Colo. on Thursday, Nov. 26 and will arrive in Denver for several events that are open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 28.

History Colorado has partnered with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Southern Cheyenne Tribe and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, the City and County of Denver, the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the Denver Art Museum for this important event for the past 10 years.

The Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 is one of the bloodiest days in Colorado’s history. On the morning of November 29, 1864, the First and Third Colorado Cavalry, under the leadership of Colonel John Chivington, attacked Black Kettle’s peaceful camp on the banks of Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado. Approximately 160 Cheyenne and Arapaho tribe members were inhumanly massacred while camped under the United States flag and a white flag of truce. Very few individuals survived the attack and the brutal winter to tell the truth about what happened that day.

Captain Silas S. Soule and Lieutenant Joseph M. Cramer ordered soldiers under their command not to fire. The following month, Captain Soule and Lieutenant Cramer wrote to Major Edward Wynkoop and related the events of the engagement. Both the local military investigation and the subsequent congressional hearings concluded that the engagement was a massacre. Despite death threats, Captain Silas S. Soule testified. He was later shot to death near his home near 14th and Arapahoe Street in Denver.

The annual run is the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes’ effort to remember and honor the deaths of the more than 160 members of their respective tribes. The annual healing run is an opportunity for both the members of the tribes and the citizens of Colorado to find some form of healing in a senseless tragedy. This event is also another way to bring about awareness to what happened at Sand Creek, to never forget and to pray that this will never happen again. In April 2007 the National Park Service formally dedicated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

Below is the schedule of events. Members of the public are welcome to attend the walk from Riverside Cemetery on Saturday after the ceremony honoring Capt. Silas Soule. Media are encouraged to attend.

Thursday         November 26th - National Historic Site near Eads, Colo.

9 a.m.             Pipe Ceremony and prayer at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

                         18 miles northeast of Eads in southeastern Colorado

                         Runners will be blessed and commencement of Healing Run to Denver

Friday                November 27th - Denver arrival

7 a.m.             Sunrise Ceremony

                         Continue Healing Run to Denver

7 p.m.             Candlelight Vigil at the Denver Art Museum Wheel sculpture,

                         100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver

Saturday            November 28th - Denver events

8 a.m.                 Honoring Ceremony for Captain Silas Soule, Company D, 1st Colorado Cavalry, U. S. Army and Lt. Joseph A. Cramer, Company K, 8th Ohio Cavalry, U. S. Army at Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Boulevard, Denver

9 a.m.             Continue Healing Run from Riverside Cemetery to 15th and Arapahoe

                         4 miles distance – RUNNERS MUST REGISTER TO RUN

9:50 a.m.         At 15th & Arapahoe—near the site where Soule was assassinated—the runners will join with walkers and continue on to the state capitol building

11 a.m.             Presentation at the Colorado state capitol building (West steps)

Noon                Reception for Sand Creek Healing Run/Walk Participants at the Colorado

                         History Museum, Boettcher Auditorium, 1300 Broadway, Denver

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