MASSACRE AT SAND CREEK by Irving Werstein

MASSACRE AT SAND CREEK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ruthless brutalities, the preparations and the aftermath, the final tragedy, the actions and thoughts of the men (both Indians and whites) involved in the bloody massacre at Sand Creek, Colorado on November 29, 1864, are meticulously set down by an author who has previously written successfully about military strategy and techniques (The Battle of Aachen, 1962, p. 770, J-244, and The Battle of Midway, p. 223, J-109). Mr. Werstein focuses on Colonel John M. Chivington, the man who planned the attack; he carefully probes the one-time hero's mind -- his motives and afterthoughts. If this were fiction, the descriptions of the cruel killings might be considered excessive, but here, the author should be commended for dispassionately recording what did happen, and for not stressing the horror aspects at the expense of other factors involved. Thorough research has resulted in a smoothly written, well documented account of a shameful chapter in our history.

Pub Date: May 6th, 1963
Publisher: Scribners