By John H. Monnett
In bloodbath at Cheyenne gap, John H Monnett sifts in the course of the quite a few interpretations of the development through the years and locations them into right historic viewpoint. before everything, Lieutenant Austin Henely used to be considered as a hero, and his H corporation males have been offered 8 Medals of Honour for his or her bravery within the skirmish. in spite of the fact that, later intimations surfaced that the Sappa Creek struggle used to be a bloodbath of the Cheyennes less than Little Bull, who tried to give up. stories of blameless non-combatants being murdered within the destruction of the camp following the conflict have been universal by means of the early 20th century.
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The freedom and beauty and the chivalry of the plains are a thing of the past; nothing now remains but dull, plodding labor, and many thousands of settlers are now squatted down on a little circumscribed piece of prairie land, trying to eke out an existence . . All these changes which have taken place during the last thirty years seem like a dream as my mind travels back over the events that have occurred during this period of my life . . In those happy days the plains rejoiced in their pristine beauty, unmarred by civilization, which first destroys .
I wish to extend gratitude to the people at the Oberlin Museum in Oberlin, Kansas, and the Wray Museum in Wray, Colorado, for much useful information. A very special thanks goes to Lyn Ryder of Niwot, Colorado, for putting me on to the papers of the John German family in the Wray Museum. Thanks, of course, also go to my wife, Linda, and my son, Darren, for their continued patience with my obsessive-compulsive behavior when it comes to writing history. Notes 1. Barry C. Johnson, "Austin Henely: Centre of the Sappa Creek Controversy," English Westerners' Brand Book 7, no.
Platten's account is the only original source that points a finger directly at Austin Henely and suggests that he may have been involved in atrocities. 12 By the 1960s, with the wave of revisionism that began changing the way western history was written, particularly the much needed interpreta- * Homer Wheeler's Buffalo Days is a highly regarded account of Wheeler's life on the military frontier, including his crucial role in the Sappa Creek fight. Marcus M. S. Medal of Honor winners titled Deeds of Valor.
Massacre at Cheyenne Hole: Lieutenant Austin Henely and the Sappa Creek controversy by John H. Monnett