George Armstrong Custer The Commander Of The Fifth Cavalry

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George Armstrong Custer the commander of the seventh Cavalry was tasked with controlling the Natives in the US territories. The United States congress ordered all Native Americans of the western plains return to the Great Sioux Reservation. Many natives refused and some joined the camp of Sitting Bull a Lakota Chief who continued to live a nomadic way of life off the reservation. Colonel Custer attempted to combat this unconventional adversary without adapting his tactics. Colonel Custer 's failure to apply the tenants of the operations process lead to his own demise and the loss of the battle at Little Bighorn. During this battle he failed to understand and assess his adversary, as well as visualize describe and direct his own forces.
In the months leading up to the battle at little bighorn, Custer was evolved in a handful of battles against natives of the Sioux nation. The Native American clans had begun to band together, forgetting old feuds between tribes, they were forming larger encampments so they could more effectively combat against the Army. In addition, they began seek out decisive engagements against the US Army when numbers were in their favor. These battles gave Colonel Custer the opportunity to understand the fundamental change in tactics the natives were beginning to employ. However, he failed to understand that there was a change in tactics and reassess his own style of fighting.
In May of 1876 Colonel Custer was tasked with subduing a large band of…
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