Newspaper clippings re: Tappan and the Sand Creek Massacre
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- Newspaper clippings re: Tappan and the Sand Creek Massacre
Manuscript and typescript carbon letters, clippings and other documents relating to the Massacre at Sand Creek, Colorado. Included in the papers is a holograph manuscript draft of a letter to the editor of the New York Times dated July 26, 1897, in which Tappan corrects statements made in the newspaper regarding the massacre; an undated typescript carbon letter to an unidentified recipient in which Tappan discusses the military commission that investigated the massacre; a photocopy of a notarized statement dated June 1, 1957, by Frank M. Wynkoop which describes a meeting with the commander of the Sand Creek troops, Colonel John M. Chivington; a photocopy of a broadside entitled The Indian Question; a clipping of Tappan's letter to the editor of the New York Tribune dated September 16, 1867, regarding the "origins of the Indian War"; and newspaper clippings relating to the Massacre and Tappan obituary notices.
- Born in 1831 in Manchester, Massachusetts, Tappan went to Kansas in 1854 and joined the movement to make Kansas a free state. In 1860, after holding various state offices in Kansas, he moved to Colorado and commanded the First Colorado Cavalry Regiment. Tappan presided over the first investigation of the Sand Creek Massacre in which hundreds of surrendered and partially disarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed in a surprise attack by troops under the command of Colonel John M. Chivington in 1864. After attaining the rank of colonel in 1865, he was mustered out of the Army and appointed a member of the United States Indian Peace Commission. He promoted emigration to Oregon while employed by the Oregon Steamship and Railroad Company, and was superintendent of the Nebraska Indian Industrial School. He was a correspondent to major newspapers throughout the United States, and wrote frequently on American Indian human rights issues. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1913.
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- Completely digitized
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- WA MSS S-1905
- Collection Title
- Samuel F. Tappan papers relating to the Sand Creek Massacre
- Collection/Other Creator
- Tappan, Samuel F
- Collection Date
- 1867-1953 (bulk 1867-1913)
- Container / Volume
- Box 1 | Folder 6
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- Samuel F. Tappan Papers Relating to the Sand Creek Massacre. Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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