Battle of Little Big Horn

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On June 25, 1876, the 7th Cavalry Regiment led by LTC George Armstrong Custer, went into the valley of the Little Bighorn. Unknowingly they were walking into the largest number of Indian warriors the world has ever seen. By the end of the day
210 soldiers would lay dead including Custer himself. The Battle of the Little
Bighorn has become the most discussed and most popular battle of the Indian wars.
It marked the greatest, and last, battle the American Indians would have over the
Untied States Army. It was also the most devastating loss the U.S. Army would have in the Westward expansion of the Untied States. The news stunned the nation and led to an endless debate about the facts, strategy and tactics of the battle that continues to the his day.

INTRODUCTION

The Battle of Little Bighorn also known as Custer’s Last Stand. Took place in June 1876, in the little Bighorn Valley of Southeast Montana. The number of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors that the 7th Cavalry Regiment faced was approximately 4,500. The battle showed how the failure to use the Principals of War, Mass and Synchronization, helped cause the most devasting defeat that the U.S. Army ever received during the Indian Wars. And how the use of Mass and Concentration could affect a conflict. The primary resources used Custer’s Last Stand by Peter Panzeri and Custer’s Last Campaign by John S. Gray.

STRATEGIC SETTING
The road to war. In the 1860’s Sioux tribes roamed the great plains of the Dakota

and Wyoming territories. But they were constantly pushed farther to the West, as

expansion of the Untied States continued to grow westward. In 1863, a gold rush in

Montana cut through the heart of the Buffalo grazing lands, lands that the Sioux used to

hunt. Between 1863 and 1866 the United States Army built three forts, Fort Reno, Fort

Kearny and…...

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