|Posted By:||Michele Card|
|Subject:||BATTLE of Wounded Knee?????|
|Post Date:||February 16, 2002 at 11:48:12|
|Forum:||Battle of Wounded Knee Forum|
BATTLE OF WOUNDED KNEE??????
The U.S. Military calls the period of 1861-1898 THE INDIAN WARS. In December 1890, Chief Big Foot (who was ill with pneumonia)and his band of the Minniconjou left their reservation near the Red Cloud agency under a flag of truce...a white flag. As they moved to another agency, they were confronted by the Army and forced to surrender. They were moved to the Army encampment on the banks of the Wounded Knee Creek. On the morning of December 30, 1890, Chief Big Foot and approx 300 unarmed men, women and children were shot and killed by the the U.S. Army's 7th Calvary. Unarmed men, women AND children were systematically shot down by rifles and Hotchkiss Mountain Howitzers. Some of the slain were found as far away as 2 miles from the site...chased down and killed while attempting to flee with their lives. Men, women, INFANTS AND CHILDREN were shot in the heads at point blank range. Children, coaxed out of their hiding places, were sliced to death by the soldiers sabers. Days later, the bodies were collected and buried in an unmarked mass grave on a hill over looking Wounded Knee Creek.
Congressional Medals of Honor were given to 20 of the soldiers for their "gallentry and bravery in action". This is the highest number given out for a single "military engagement" in U.S. history....including the Normandy Landing, Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Midway! 20 Medals of Honor were given to the 7th Calvary who were bent on revenge for Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. The 20 BRAVE, GALLENT men of the 7th Calvary who murdered PRISONERS OF WAR!!! Today, these Medals are still being honored!!!
Battle of Wounded Knee??????? I don't think so!