Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).
James Cannon volunteered with the 1st infantry regiment of New Mexico, a unit organized in 1863. He enlisted January 1, 1864, only eleven months before Sand Creek. He probably served on garrison duty at Fort Union and Fort Craig before being assigned to Fort Lyon in September. There, Cannon joined the other officers in signing a letter in support of Major Wynkoop’s cooperative policies toward the Cheyenne and Arapaho. He was also present in the fort when Chivington arrived with the Colorado Third.
Cannon later brought Silas Soule’s assassin back to Denver to trial. A few days later, he was mysteriously found dead in his room at the Tremont House.
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Her first week on the job, and Marshal Beth Mayo is hit with a sex assault case. It’s a nasty shock for the bucolic mountain town of Sugarloaf and for Mayo, who is still recovering from her husband’s death. Her initial skepticism grows into disbelief over the victim’s zany story, and she dismisses the case as a false report. Unfortunately, the same woman is soon discovered in the ruins of a ghost town, most definitely murdered.
Mayo unravels the complex case through a parade of colorful suspects and misfit family members, all the while following a common thread from 150 years earlier — Colorado history’s most notorious event, the Sand Creek Massacre.