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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:05 pm | Updated: 12:28 am, Fri May 16, 2014.

From The Santa Fe New Mexican:

May 13, 1914: Denver, Colo. — Charges of arson, murder, manslaughter and larceny against Major Patrick J. Hamrock, of the first regiment, Colorado National Guard, were filed before a general court martial at the state rifle range today. The charges grew out of the battle at Ludlow, and the fire that destroyed the coal mine strikers’ tent colony April 20. The arson article charges that the tents were fired on willfully and maliciously by the defendant or persons under his authority. The murder article contains 27 specifications and charges Hamrock with responsibility for the deaths of two women and 11 children which resulted from burning the strikers’ tent colony. The manslaughter article, charges responsibility for the deaths of five strikers, one 12-year-old boy, and one non-combatant in the all-day battle between strikers and militia. Money was taken from one of the dead and the ruins of the tent colony were looted and pillaged with permission of the officers.

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