began fiercely with the Hotchkiss guns raining fragmentation shells into the

Began fiercely with the hotchkiss guns raining

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began fiercely with the Hotchkiss guns raining fragmentation shells into the village at a combined rate of 200 or more rounds a minute. The 500 well armed Cavalry Troopers were well positioned using crossing fire to methodically carry out what is known as the Wounded Knee Massacre.
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Almost immediately most of the Sioux Indian men were killed. A few Sioux Indians mustered enough strength barehanded to kill 29 soldiers and wound 39 more. The bravery of these people was to no avail for as long as an Indian moved, the guns kept firing. Unarmed Sioux Indian Women and children were mercilessly massacred. A few ran as far as three miles only to be chased by the long knives of the Cavalry and put to death
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Officers and men were revengeful and trigger-happy.. The Hotchkiss guns were pouring shells into groups of mothers and children.
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Of the original 350 Indians one estimate stated that only 50 survived. Almost all historical statistics report over 200 Indians being killed on that day. Government figures only reported the Indian dead as 64 men, 44 women and girls, and 18 babies. All of the bodies were buried in one communal grave.
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