The Battle Of Little Big Horn

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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
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If the treaty wasn’t written up until after the Black Hills was searched for gold they could have made a different agreement with the Sioux that would have allowed Americans to mine the gold.

When they found gold it was just a matter of time before things on the Sioux land would become heated. Miners made their way to the Black Hills, moving further and further into the Sioux’s hunting grounds. Ulysses S. Grant who was president during this time tried to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie (PBS n.d.) but the miners demanded government protection from the Native Americans (Clark n.d.). When Grant gave into the pressure the federal government issued an order requiring all Indians to move onto reservations by January 31, 1876, otherwise they would be considered hostile (PBS n.d.).

Many of the Indians didn’t hear about the order while others simply ignored it. So Grant decided to send troops to the Dakota territory to fight the Native Americans. John Gibbon, George Crook, and Alfred Terry led these troops (PBS n.d.). Custer was not part of the force during this time due to political issues. The biggest reason Grant avoided using Custer was because he had testified about corruption in Grant’s Indian affairs offices (PBS n.d.). It wasn’t long before Grant’s friend Philip Sheridan persuaded Grant to send Custer west.

Although the Sioux were abiding by the treaty, Custer’s army was ordered to move
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