Season 2 Episode 3: Silas Soule

Silas Stillman Soule (July 26, 1838 – April 23, 1865) was an American abolitionist, Kansas Territory Jayhawker, anti-slavery militant, and a friend of John Brown and Walt Whitman. Later, during the American Civil War, he joined the Colorado volunteers, rising to the rank of Captain in the Union Army.

Silas Soule was in command of Company D, 1st Colorado Cavalry, which was present at Sand Creek on November 29, 1864, when he refused an order to join the Sand Creek massacre. During the subsequent inquiry, Soule testified against the massacre's notorious ringleader, John Chivington, and soon after, he was murdered in Denver, presumably in revenge for this act.

Season 2: Episode 2 Chief Left Hand (Niwot)

 

Chief Niwot or Left Hand(-ed) (c. 1825–1864) was a tribal leader of the Southern Arapaho people and played an important part in the history of Colorado. Chief Niwot and his people lived along the Front Range often wintering in Boulder Valley, site of the future Boulder, Colorado. Despite breaching the borders of Arapaho territory — defined by the Fort Laramie Treaty as the area between the North Platte River and the Arkansas River — early prospectors were welcomed by Niwot in Boulder Valley during the Colorado Gold Rush.

(Top) Chief Left Hand (Image found at: http://www.franksrealm.com/Indians/tribes/Arapaho/pages/arapaho-lefthand.htm)

(Bottom) Arapaho camp across Cherry Creek from the gold seekers camp in 1858. (Image found at: http://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/chief-left-hand-niwot)