# Little Bighorn: Winning the Battle, Losing the War (Landmark by Michael L Lawson

By Michael L Lawson

On June 25, 1876, the united states military suffered its worst defeat to the local american citizens on the Little Bighorn River in Montana. This e-book lines the occasions that ended in this historical war of words.

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In his 45 years of active duty, during which he rose to the rank of major general, he participated in many conﬂicts against Native Americans. These included the Creek wars, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and the largest and most successful pre-Civil War campaign against the Sioux. He was acclaimed for his humane ideas about how to treat Native Americans and was respected by many native leaders. Yet he also had a reputation for brutality and violations of the articles of war, including accusations of raping and murdering Native American women.

The soldiers increased their ﬁre in spite of the fact that most warriors were out of range. They quickly exhausted their ammunition supply and had to take turns retreating to their horses to get further ammo from their saddlebags. This weakened the attack. No eﬀort was made to control the heavy rate of gunﬁre. The fact that the villagers suﬀered relatively few casualties during Reno’s attack reﬂected the poor weapons training and discipline of the 7th Cavalry. h 63 dd 64 dd LITTLE BIGHORN In the meantime, Custer’s battalion continued to ride northward.

What he did not realize is that this new trail was made by bands that ﬂed the Great Sioux Reservation following Sitting Bull’s earlier trail. On June 19, 1876, at their encampment near the Little Bighorn River, the main body of Sioux and Northern Cheyennes began a six-day celebration of the Battle of the Rosebud. By the end of that celebration, a mass inﬂux of summer roamers from the reservation doubled the size of the camp. The village now contained perhaps 1,000 lodges and as many as 7,000 tribal members.