chapter 6what were the similarities and differences between Sand Creek and the fetterman massacre?

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The Fetterman Massacre was an ambush and the total annihilation of a US Army force during Red Cloud's War. Sand Creek was the massacre of unarmed Indian people, including women, children, and elderly, by a US cavalry force. Both involved enormous loss of life, but the victims of the Fetterman Massacre (or the Battle of the Hundred Slain, as Indian people called it) were at least combatants.

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The Sand Creek Massacre was awful. It involved the slaughter of many, mostly women and children. The worst part was that they were also mutilated. It was to ally uncalled for. It involved a militia and women and children who were very much outnumbered. More people died in in the Fetterman Massacre, but it was more of a battle, since both sides had armies.
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The difference between these two massacres lies in the nature of those who died. As other editors above establish, both massacres did result in the death of masses of individuals. How they differ lies in the fact that the Sand Creek Massacre resulted in the death of people such as women and children who were not involved in the war directly.

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