Silas Stillman Soule experienced much of what engulfed the nation during his lifetime. During his tragically short lifetime, Silas transported slaves via the Underground Railroad, aided in the jailbreak of a doctor accused of aiding slaves, took part in an attempt to rescue John Brown’s men after Harpers Ferry, and fought for the Union at the little known but very important Battle of the Glorieta Pass. Most significantly, he refused to take part in the slaughter of Native American women and children during the Sand Creek Massacre, one of the blackest moments in U.S. history, and was first in line to testify against the man who led the assault, Colonel John Chivington.
Historian Tom Bensing chronicles for the first time a comprehensive look at the life of Silas Soule and the legacy he left behind. The book combines historical fact with human elements, and the result is a fascinating snapshot of American history. Those who only know Silas Soule for his heroic stance at Sand Creek will be astonished at everything this Jayhawker/adventure-seeker/soldier accomplished. And, in never before published detail, the life and final fate of the “assassin” who ended Silas’ life, Charles W. Squier, is revealed, a decorated veteran in his own right who ironically received a hero’s burial himself.