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Major General Samuel R. Curtis, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, addressed this letter to Colonel John M. Chivington, ordering him to round up the "bad Indians" and to secure hostages. He is opposed to peace and wishes to "chastise" the natives. Copied from The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.

Creator: Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866
Date: September 28, 1864

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This short letter concisely explains the background of the Sand Creek Massacre and Chivington's attitude toward Native Americans. It could work in tandem with any of the sources about the massacre as a way to introduce the concept of "total war."

KS:7th:3.1:Federal Government and Indian Lands (2005)

Item Number: 210776
Call Number: 973.74 Un3, series I, vol. XLI, Part III
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210776

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