Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Sand Creek Massacre” as Want to Read:
The Sand Creek Massacre
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Sand Creek Massacre

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sometimes called "The Chivington Massacre" by those who would emphasize his responsibility for the attack and "The Battle of Sand Creek" by those who would imply that it was not a massacre, this event has become one of our nation’s most controversial Indian conflicts. The subject of army and Congressional investigations and inquiries, a matter of vigorous newspaper debates ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 15th 1974 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1974)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Sand Creek Massacre, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Sand Creek Massacre

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 69)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
First read this in 6 days back in 2001 when our family tried (unsuccessfully) to locate the site of The Sand Creek Massacre or as some prefer to call it, "The Chivington Massacre" on vacation to the West. The large map of the time only showed a small designation of the site, but nothing about a National Park, unless we overlooked something. Not locating the site was the one great disappointment of that trip, as I had desired to pay respects to those innocents who died there. This tragic event is ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
While this book is a definitive basic history of the Sand Creek Massacre, it is very dry and leaves out details I know are part of the full story of this event, verifiable details that made it into other accounts but not into this book. I appreciated that this author tried to give Chivington a fair understanding, as any unbiased history ought to attempt, but this account seemed almost too 'fair', watering down the evil that Chivington and other men with him did, while on the surface telling enou ...more
Efrem Sepulveda
The morning of November 28, 1864 was truly a day which should live in infamy with regards to the treatment of Native Americans. Stan Hoig, who passed away just a few short years ago, wrote a brief but concise history on background and events that led to the Sand Creek Massacre which took place northeast of present-day La Junta, Colorado those many years ago.

Tensions arose between the alliance of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and the growing number of whites who migrated westward to take advantage
Abbey Cadenhead
I had to read this book for a book review that I had to do in my American Indian History course. I honestly thought that it was dull, but as a historical monograph it does its intended job (which is why I gave it 4 stars). The authors intent is to resolve any questions of accountabiltiy in the Sand Creek Massacre. The information could have been presented in a better way. For example, a lot of the information was not in chronological order, making it confusing for the reader. Also, many historic ...more
Ryan Louis
This month (Nov 2014) marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre. I read this book, in part, to understand the tragedy. But, moreover, as events begin commemorating the sesquicentennial, I need to understand the ways in which "why" affects the "how" of memorialization. Whatever we do, I hope we remember to remember.
A scholarly examination of the Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado led by Colonel Chivington against Black Kettle's tribe. I was quite disgusted by the actions of our military against the Indian peoples, but I realize that I can't completely judge them by my own times. I was able to go to the site of the massacre and found it to be a most sobering and spiritual experience.
Disclaimer: I try to use the full range of 0 to 5 stars for the books I read. The fact that I gave this 2 stars means that it ranks low among books I've read (they can't all be above average) not that I hated it or didn't think it worthwhile.
Fredrick Danysh
A story repeated by several military commanders in frontier America. A sleeping peaceful Indian village attacked by an ambitious commander who can not find the hostiles.
Jennings Peeler
Jennings Peeler marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2015
Dennis Gardner
Dennis Gardner marked it as to-read
May 25, 2015
Gary marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2015
Brodie Idler
Brodie Idler marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2015
Aspen marked it as to-read
Jan 18, 2015
Vikki Straw
Vikki Straw marked it as to-read
Oct 26, 2014
Chase Nottingham
Chase Nottingham marked it as to-read
Oct 08, 2014
Shawn marked it as to-read
Sep 28, 2014
Karen Hesson
Karen Hesson marked it as to-read
Sep 27, 2014
Needaname marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2014
Aaron marked it as to-read
Jun 22, 2014
Mike added it
Jun 16, 2014
Scott Langloss
Scott Langloss marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Battle of the Washita: The Sheridan-Custer Indian Campaign of 1867-69 Tribal Wars of the Southern Plains The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 The Humor of the American Cowboy Jesse Chisholm: Ambassador of the Plains

Share This Book