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…show more content…
Grant calls for a survey of the land, ordering the 7th Cavalry to provide security. Knowing the pursuit of gold on Sioux land would breach the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, the U.S. Government attempts to purchase the Black Hills but the Sioux refused to sell. In November of 1875, a questionable Watkins Report gave Grant resolution to have all Sioux agents warn “roamers” to return to Reservations by January 31, 1876 or become “hostiles”, subject to pursuit of military force. However, these “Hostiles” were still within the provisions of the Fort Laramie Treaty. 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
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