September 3, 1855: 700 United States Soldiers Attack Sioux village In 'Battle Of Ash Hollow'

Eighty-six indians were slaughtered, including women and children.

By Gina Tron

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On September 3, 1855, 700 United States soldiers attacked a Sioux village in Nebraska. Eighty-six indians were slaughtered, including women and children, in what became known as the “Battle of Ash Hollow.” The battle was considered a heroic act by some and a massacre by others. The New York Times called it an “outright butchery.”

The attack was an act of retaliation for the “Grattan massacre” one year prior when American soldiers entered a large Sioux encampment to arrest a man accused of stealing a cow. One of the soldiers fatally shot an Indian Chief in that incident, and the Sioux responded by killing 29 American soldiers.

 

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