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The most famous of all of the Indian Wars, the remarkable victory for the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne occurred over two days on Junenear the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory.
In latethe Sioux and Cheyenne Indians defiantly left their reservations, outraged over the continued intrusions of whites into their sacred lands in the Black Hills. Soon, the recalcitrant Indians gathered in Montana with the great warrior Sitting Bull to fight for their lands.
The following spring, two victories over the U. Cavalry emboldened them to fight on in the summer of On November 9,U. The gold-rich Black Hills also played an important role in the attack. In the meantime, two Crow Indian scouts were sent ahead to survey the situation.
Returning with a warning that a very large Indian encampment was situated at the Little Bighorn River, Custer chose to ignore this news, dividing his regiment into four commands with plans to continue with the attack. Expecting the Indians to flee at the first sign of assault, Custer moved his men forward on June 25th.
However, they quickly realized that the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne force was much larger than they anticipated and showed no signs of fleeing at the sight of the soldiers.
He soon sent a message to Custer, but when he heard nothing in return, Reno launched his offense northward.
Fearing they might be trapped, Reno halted his charging men, dismounted and fired upon the village at a distance. Ordering a retreat into the timber and brush along the river, the soldiers were quickly pursued by a mix of Cheyenne and Sioux Indians, who took a number of casualties and the battalion fled.
However, Custer underestimated the terrain he would have to cover before making his assault, negotiating bluffs and ravines before arriving at a place that the soldiers could attack By the time he arrived, Reno had already been driven back by the Indians, who soon discovered Custer and his men coming towards the other end of the village.
The Cheyenne and Sioux crossed the river and pushed into the advancing soldiers, forcing them back to a long high ridge to the north. As the Indians closed in on Custer, some 3. However, the horses provided little protection against the onslaught of bullets and arrows raining upon Custer and his men.
In less than an hour, Custer and his men were killed in the worst American military disaster ever. While exact numbers are difficult to determine, it is clear that the Northern Cheyenne and Lakota outnumbered the U.
For the next 24 hours the Indians and soldiers fought a hard battle until the U. As the troops were fortified, the Indians began a retreat to the south. By the time Terry arrived, the Indians had removed their own dead and wounded from the field. However, the bodies of the soldiers remained lying where they died, many having been stripped of their clothing and mutilated.
For some, identification of the bodies was impossible. Though the wounded were given treatment, six more would later die of their injuries. Custer was found near the top of the hill, where today stands a memorial inscribed with the names of the U. He had been shot in the temple and in the left chest, but his body was left un-mutilated, some believe because he was dressed in buckskins rather than a uniform.
All were given hasty burials. Only an estimated 60 Indian warriors died in the battle. It was to be three years later before the battle became the subject of an army court inquiry in However, the primary contribution to the U.
In the same year as the military investigation, the Little Bighorn Battlefield was designated a national cemetery administered by the War Department.
Two years later, ina memorial was erected over the mass grave of the Seventh Cavalry soldiers, U. Indian Scouts, and other personnel killed in battle.
Injurisdiction of the battlefield was transferred to the National Park Service.The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also called Custer’s Last Stand, was an engagement between the combined forces of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne tribes .
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