April 28 This day during the American Indian War

April 28, 1880 – Alma Massacre involved a raid on United States settlers’ homes around Alma, New Mexico on April 28, 1880. At least 41 people were killed during or immediately after the raid. During the event Chiricahua Apache tribal members were led by Victorio. They attacked a silver mine near the town of Cooney in the Mogollon Mountains. At the town they killed three, and then caught up to a fleeing party of three that included Sergeant Cooney. The Apaches then killed 35 sheepherders in the nearby area. Victorio and his men left the area when U.S. Army troops from Fort Bayard arrived.

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