On today in 1885, General William Harney and 700 soldiers take revenge for the Grattan Massacre with a brutal attack on a Sioux village in Nebraska that left 100 guys, ladies, and small children dead.
The way to Harney’s bloody revenge began per year just before near Fort Laramie, Wyoming, whenever a brash young lieutenant named John Grattan and 30 of his males have been killed while wanting to arrest a Teton Sioux brave accused of shooting a white man’s cow. Despite the plenty of eyewitness reports that Lieutenant Grattan had foolishly threatened the Sioux and virtually forced them to attack, the incident swiftly gained infamy concerning the nation because the “Grattan Massacre.” Americans demanded swift vengeance, and the army considered the celebrated Indian fighter, General William Harney, to lead a punitive attack contrary to the Sioux. Harney decided a satisfactory target for retribution was a village of 250 Sioux led by Chief Little Thunder encamped near Ash Hollow, Nebraska. Refusing to simply accept Little Thunder’s give you of quick surrender, Harney ordered a full-scale attack that totally destroyed the village and killed greater than 100 Sioux.
After later studying a lot more in what had really happened at the Grattan Massacre, Harney softened his attitude toward the Sioux and finally convened a profitable peace council that temporarily calmed tensions. But for the others of his life the essential was plagued with the nickname of “Squaw Killer Harney,” even though unfortunate pattern of revenge and punishment his attack began would only grow more vicious on each sides of the conflict. One Sioux boy who witnessed the brutal massacre would in no way neglect or forgive and would take his personal revenge 21 years later at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. His name was Crazy Horse.