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Sand Creek Massacre Account of Truman Blancett

Identifier: AC 651-P

Scope and Content

The collection contains a report dated 5 January, 1936 (probably dictated to M.M. Watson) by Truman Blancett, relating events surrounding the Colorado Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. The report was sent to Ernest Thompson Seton of Santa Fe, NM, covered by a note from M.M. Watson dated 15 August, 1946, and stating that Blancett had died in 1945. There are three additional letters from 1969: one from Seton’s daughter, giving permission for the letter to be used in research, and two from M.M. Watson, describing his background in Colorado mining, and his relationship with Blancett.


  • 1936 - 1969

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The collection is open for research.

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Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

Civil War Scout Truman Blancett (1844?-1945) wrote memoirs of his life on the plains, including a Denver Post series “The Old Frontier”, and he is reputed to have authored this report on the Sand Creek Massacre in eastern Colorado on November 29, 1864. The report is based both on Blancett’s own interactions with soldiers returning to Colorado City from the massacre, and his recollection of the contents of a diary kept by his brother-in-law, W.N. Van Endert, an eye-witness to the events of that day. Blancett was 91 at the time the report was written, in 1936.


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Sand Creek Massacre Account of Truman Blancett, 1936 - 1969
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© 2015
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090