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Old 06-28-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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The Smithsonian article details the battle from interviews of Natives over the years, the witness accounts, and the tactics employed by the Natives, who basically separated the cavalry soldiers from their horses, forcing them to fight from the ground. The Natives understood horses better than the soldiers, using tactics to scare the Army horses during the battle caused massive confusion amongst the soldiers.


Custer was next to last in his graduating class, so he was always looking for personal glory to compensate for his lack of credibility. Custer escorted the first mining expedition into the Black Hills, after that the white men wanted all that gold. The plan was to push all Lakota onto reservations, so the gold mining could continue.

There are still plenty of "General Custers" working in Govt today.


The aftermath of this battle is tragic:

The Army making Custer into a hero so they could pressure Congress to pay for a bigger force out on the Plains. "Custer's Last Stand" was how the white people portrayed the battle, a tragedy to be avenged.

After this, the Army was granted Repeating rifles instead of the single shot Smithfields, also Gatling guns, Hotchkiss canons, etc Also, another 2,500 recruits were authorized by Congress. General Miles was assigned to lead the fight on the Plains.

Crazy Horse was then murdered while in captivity by soldiers.

and of course, the massacre at Wounded Knee was revenge for Custer.
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