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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

June 25th, 1876 - The Battle of Little Bighorn

Conflict: Plains Indian Wars

Combatants: Americans vs. Lakota (Sioux)/Arapaho/Cheyenne

Location: Montana (USA)

Outcome: Lakota victory

Sent to cut off the withdrawal of Crazy Horse's army of Lakota, Arapaho, and Cheyenne warriors, Lt. Colonel George A. Custer's 7th Cavalry launched an ill-advised attack on its waiting adversary. Custer divided his 600 troopers into three columns and led one column against the enemy center. Custer and all 212 men in this column were killed in the ensuing battle. The remaining 7th Cavalry troopers staved off attacks for two days before the main body of the army arrived to rescue them.

Custer's Last Stand by Edgar Samuel Paxson

Points of Interest:

  • The career George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn have been depicted, with dubious historical accuracy, in numerous films including Little Big Man (1970) and They Died with Their Boots On (1941) to name just two.

  • The Battle of Little Bighorn was the greatest defeat of US forces in the Indian Wars, but did little to slow the expansion of settlements into American Indian territory.

George Armstrong Custer by an unknow potographer

Crazy Horse 1934 illustration by an unknown artist.jpg

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