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    Large Format Stereoview of Ute Chief "Captain Jack", Thornburg Massacre, ca. 1870s.
    When Maj. Thomas Thornburg arrived in the area with a column of troops from Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming, the Utes became angry as they thought the troops had come to arrest them. In a meeting with Ute leaders, Thornburg assured them that the soldiers had not come for that purpose. However, when Thornburg moved his command forward so as to be closer to the agency, the Utes interpreted this as a hostile action and attacked the soldiers. In the fight that followed at Milk Creek Canyon, Thornburg was killed and his besieged command was rendered helpless. The Utes, their anger now unleashed, attacked the agency. Meeker and nine of his employees were quickly slaughtered; Mrs. Meeker and her daughter Josephine, together with another woman and two children, were taken captive.

    A rare Stereoview depicting this famous Ute Chief "Captain Jack", sitting in unknown Colorado photographer's studio. He is wearing silver earrings, vest, and wearing a scalp on necklace. Looking very defiant. Measures approximately 7" x 4"

    Condition:
    Very good, slight light contrast, mount normal wear.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    13th Friday
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