The Little Big Horn : The Survivors Version

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The Little Big Horn:
The Survivors Version
Timothy J. Butler
History 4313
Dr. Stan Adamak
December 1st, 2014

For the general public, “The Battle of the Little Big Horn” is synonymous with “Custer’s Last Stand” or the “Massacre of the 7th Cavalry” and leave said topic alone at that. Reality of the matter does hold the truth that within 20 minutes, Custer and 225 of his men were dead. Another reality is the fact that Custer took 611 men into the Little Big Horn Valley where there were over 3,000 Lakota, Cheyenne, and other associated warriors encamped. Based off of simple math, if 611 men were taken and 226 men dead; what of the other 385 men who followed Custer into this proverbial “Valley of the Shadow of Death”? For
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This set the stage for the Army to reenact its policies and performances from the Red River Wars in 1874 and ’75. Following the Civil War, the United States’ Army’s policies towards Indian Warfare were underdeveloped to state politely. Conventional and non-conventional methodologies lead to theories and techniques to cripple the Indians by striking the enemy’s social and economic resources. From West Point, Dennis Mahan’s “Outpost” recommended:
Winter and bad weather are the most favorable (for launching a Surprise Attack) as the enemy’s sentinels and outposts will then, in all probability, be less on alert. It was also highly stressed by the cadre and staff at West Point the value of reconnaissance, security, skirmishing, and other aspects of guerrilla warfare. With said aspects in consideration and an impending threat on the Big Horn River, just south of the Yellowstone River, a three pronged attack was decided as the best route to bring a large band roaming Sioux back to the reservation. The Wyoming Colum would fall under Brigadier General Cook, a Montana Column under Brigadier General John Gibbon, and the Dakota Column under Alfred Terry. The plan was for the Dakota column to push the Indians west to the Big Horn River while the Wyoming Column would prevent escape from the south and the Montana Column from the north. Grand total, this would deploy about 2,600 U.S. Forces into the Little Big Horn River Valley.
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