7th Calvary 
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Colonel James W. Forsyth in command of the 7th Calvary that murdered an estimate 280 to over 300 Indians, most of them daughters - sons - women & Babies.

On the 28th December 1890 51 year old Major Samuel Whiteside had already stopped Chief Big Foot from going to Pine Ridge agency, with blood dripping from his nose & barley able to speak the dying chief followed the Majors instructions to take his people to Wounded Knee creek.

Chief Big Foot who was slowly dying of pneumonia, was with his family and band of Miniconjou Indians & some of the Hunkpapa that ran away after Sitting Bull was killed, an estimate of 350 people.

Big Foot was in a Wagon wrapped in blankets with a white flag on top, when he and his band of Indians camped at wounded knee creek on the evening of the 28th December.

Later that evening Major Whitside was joined by Colonel Forsyth who took command of over 500 heavily armed soldiers of the 7th Calvary.

As the Indians went into camp for the night, the 7th Calvary placed 4 Hotchkiss cannon around the Indian camp. Escape was never an option.

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Hotchkiss Cannon rapid fire exploding shells to kill the defenseless boys & girls as they ran away.

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Colonel James W. Forsyth

Blood dripping from his nose Big Foot was dying of pneumonia & his men outnumbered 4-1 surrounded by the 7th Calvary with experienced officers, such as Moylan, Varnum, Nowlan, Wallace, Godfrey and Edgerly all had been in the regiment since their loss with Custer when they attacked the Indians at The Battle of The Little Big Horn in June 1876.

As the night temperature went below freezing, the soldiers enjoyed drinking whiskey to celebrate the capture of Chief Big Foot.

Some of the officers in charge on The 7th Calvary graduated from the acclaimed West Point Military Academy where cadets learn about the duty of - Dignity & Honor, it seems these values fell on deaf ears the next day during the slaughter of women & children.

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Captain Edward Godfrey

In command of D Troop was 47 year old Edward Godfrey who had graduated from West Point Military Academy with over 20 years experience fighting Indians. Godfrey was involved in the slaughter of a Cheyenne village at Washita Colorado 1868.

After the massacre that morning Godfrey with 14 soldiers rode into the wooded valley looking for Indians trying to escape the Wounded Knee the carnage. The soldiers saw some Indians running towards the tree's & Godfery ordered his men on horseback to chase the Indians through the snow.

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Major Samuel Whiteside

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The Indians ran along the waters edge to hide behind a ridge of pine tree's. The soldiers moved forward shouting "How Cola" = Squaw with no response from the Indians Godfrey shouted the command to "Commence Firing" and his men took aim & kept up a rapid fire towards the trees  until nothing was alive - Over 30 Indians were killed here - Men - Women - Children - Babies - Dogs - all mixed together. When the soldiers approached the bodies they saw some of the women - boys & girls moving in pain gasping for air frothing at  the mouth and later died right their in the snow in front of the Soldiers.

"Sergeant Gunther’s men moved forward crouching down pretty close to the ground, and pretty soon some one called out: “There they are,” and they commenced firing. I heard the wail of a child and called to them to stop firing, but they had already stopped. The party was then about twenty-five or thirty yards from where the Indians were found. I immediately ran forward to where the bodies were and saw at a glance a boy, squaw and two children lying there. The look was sufficient to satisfy me that I could do nothing for the squaw and children. The boy was lying on his face motionless and I supposed he was dead. I had already ordered the men to continue on down the creek and was turning away hurriedly to look after my detachment when I heard a shot and Blacksmith Carey said: “Captain, the man ain’t dead yet,” and I saw that he had shot the boy in the back of the head."

The following day, the frozen bodies - which had been stripped by the soldiers for souvenirs - were buried in mass grave.

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"We tried to run but the soldiers shot us like we were Buffalo"


Blue Whirlwind with Her Two Children on Wood Frame Porch, Survivor's of Wounded Knee Massacre,

George H. Harries of the Washington Evening Star published an article in that paper that heightened eastern outrage over Wounded Knee.

"Those who killed the Indians as the assassin kills are murderers of the most villainous description. No one who looked upon that scene can ever forget it, and not a man or woman who is acquainted with the facts but regards the bloody circumstances with anything save horror. An Indian woman, comely in life, with her three children were brutally murdered at about the time of the Wounded Knee massacre and within three miles from Wounded Knee"

"General Nelson A. Miles who visited the scene of carnage, following a three day blizzard, estimated that around 300 snow covered bodies were strewn over the countryside. He also discovered to his horror that helpless children and women with babies in their arms had been chased as far as two miles Wounded Knee and cut down & killed without mercy by the 7th Calvary. 

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General L. W. Colby of Nebraska State Troops Holding Baby Girl, Zintkala Nuni (Little Lost Bird), Found at Wounded Knee