Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
- Colorado History -
Colorado's Role in the US Civil War
F.C.V.R. - The Pet Lambs
The F.C.V.R. were nicknamed "Pet Lambs," originated as an insult by
the Southerners. They called them "Gilpin's Pet Lambs." It grew on
the Regiment and they kept it as long as it wasn't said with a southern
accent. The "Lambs" were drunken and disorderly. They caused all sorts
of trouble. They finally had to prohibit whiskey in their rifle barrels.
They pillaged the local stores. Denver formed their own police force
to defend it form the "Pet Lambs."
The first Colorado volunteer casualty was a murder by a German Bartender
in a whorehouse, while "in action." As a result, a mob of angry soldiers
tried to lynch the bartender. A Methodist minister, John Chivington,
talked them down.
They talked Chivington into coming to the fort to preach. He did!
When the "Lambs" heard they were on the side of God, they went gaga.
Chivington was invited to become Regiment Chaplain. He said he'd only
put on a uniform to fight - not to preach. He became Major John Chivington,
third in command. He was extreme Anti Slavery.
Colonel John M. Chivington turned the Glorieta Pass
Battle into a Union victory.
Later he led the Colorado Volunteers attack upon the Indians camped
on Sand Creek.
In October 1861, a group of Texas Rangers attacked a supply wagon.
A relief fort brought in 42 of the Rangers. Some of the "Pet Lambs"
went and got some of the prisoners and brought them to Denver. James
Reyodds was one of the Rangers.
This Texas Ranger was typical of the lawmen who tracked
down and brought in rustlers and gunslingers throughout the West from
the 1860s to 1900.
The Pet Lamb's Problems
The second problem the "Pet Lambs" presented was economic. Forming
a regiment was expensive. The first problem was their behavior - Gilpin
paid for everything by writing checks on the United States Treasurer.
These checks were called "warrants." He wrote almost 375,000 worth
The President (Lincoln) and treasurer had told him to write the warrants
before he came out here. The government refused to them and Denver
almost collapsed. Gilpin was suspiciously removed from the office
of First Territorial Governor.
Colorado's Role in the US Civil War:
| The Civil War, Fort Wise / Fort Lyon
| Mace's Hole, Colonel Canby, F.C.V.R.
| Fort Weld |
| The Pet Lambs, John Chivington |
| General Henry Sibly, Battle of Valverde,
Fort Union |
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- Colorado History In Depth
Lecture Notes, Reading, and Information:
| The Cheyenne Migration
to Colorado |
| The Gratlan Affair, Massacre, Fort Laramie
The Cheyenne Social Club
| A Cheyenne War Story: Wolf Road, the Runner
| Cheyenne Traditions and Beliefs, Sacred
| Horses, Warriors, War Pipe, Sweatlodge
| Cheyenne War Parties and Battle Tactics
| The Scalp Dance and Other Cheyenne Dances
| The Sante Fe Trail and Fort Union |
| Sumner - Ninth Military Department / The
First Fort Union |
| Early Arrivals to Fort Union, Daily Life
at Fort Union |
| Captain Grover - The New Fort Union, the
Confederate Threat |
| Fort Union Arsenal, William Shoemaker,
End of Fort Union |
Americans from the East
| Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase
| The Expedition of Zebulon Pike |
| Pikes Peak or Bust / Colorado Gold Rush
Cripple Creek District Labor Strikes
| The Western Federation of Miners / State
| The 1893 - 1894 Strike | The
Strike of 1903 - 1904 |
| The Mine Owners Association |
| Crimes and Military Rule in the Cripple
Creek District |
| Marshall Law in Cripple Creek District
/ End of the Strike |
Early Cripple Creek District
| Photos, Fire, and Life in Cripple Creek
| Other Colorful Towns in the Cripple Creek
Gillett - Colorado's Only Bullfight, Victor, Independence |
| A Guide to the Miners' Gritty Lingo
More Colorado History
| Bent's Fort Photos, Personalities, Plans,
and More |
| What Was Easter Like at Bent's Fort?
| Colorado Trivia,
Miscellaneous Old Photos,
Western Personalities, Forts, and More |
| Lullabies for Jittery Cows - Cowboy Ballads
| Heraldry of the Branding Iron |
Aims to Clear Infamous Cannibal, Alferd Packer |
| Lead Gives Alferd
Packer's Story More Weight |
Colorado Love Stories: Baby Doe Tabor & More
| Colorado Pioneer Women: Elizabeth Byers
| Early Denver Jokes / The History of April
Fools' Day |
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