The Battle Of Little Big Horn

1332 Words May 6th, 2016 6 Pages
If you grew up in the United States then you have heard about The Battle of Little Big Horn, however you might remember it as being called Custer’s last stand. Hearing the title might bring up some knowledge of the battle, but why was the battle fought and did it serve a greater purpose? This paper will show how and why the battle happened and why the Battle of Little Bighorn could have been avoided as well as some of the effects the battle had.

General George Armstrong Custer had gained the reputation of getting into trouble early into his career (PBS n.d.). He graduated last in his class, and shortly after his graduation he was court marshaled for not stopping a fight between two cadets (PBS n.d.). He never was punished for this because the Civil war was under way and the army needed all the help it could get. In 1867 Custer was suspended for year with out pay after he was court marshaled a second time for leaving his post without permission. However, when trouble grew with the Native Americans he was returned to duty (PBS n.d.).

The 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie can be seen as what brought about the battle of Little Bighorn; so if the treaty would have been put off for a few years the battle could have been avoided. You see the treaty was designed to bring peace between the Sioux and the American settlers (Clark n.d.). The treaty gave the Sioux exclusive rights to their sacred lands in the Black Hills. Only six years after the treaty was signed, Custer led an expedition…
Open Document