The Great Sioux War: The Battle Of Little Big Horn

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During the Great Sioux War of 1876 which was also known as The Black Hills War there were a series of battles fought between 1876 and 1877. The most prominent battle of the war was The Battle of Little Big Horn commonly referred to as Custer's Last Stand. This battle was fought between June 25 and June 26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory. The Battle of Little Big Horn was fought between members of the Lakota, Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian tribes and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The foremost leader of the Indian tribes was Hunkpapa Sioux Chief Sitting Bull. The Officer in command of the 7th Cavalry Regiment was LT. COL George Armstrong Custer. The Great Sioux War of 1876 was fought over the course of a year and …show more content…

The desire of the U.S. government to obtain ownership of the Black Hills because gold had been discovered in the Black Hills was the cause of the war. The U.S. Government decided that the followers of Sitting Bull were blocking the sale of the black hills in the Dakota Territory. Settlers began to encroach onto Native American lands, and the Sioux and Cheyenne refused to give up ownership of those lands. Officials within the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant and the department of the Interior decided to remove the followers by force, the mission was assigned to the U.S. Army. The day of the battle was blistering hot and not a cloud in the sky. As the days sunlight started to come over the valley of the Little Big Horn not a breeze stirred anywhere. The weather in the area had been dry, and the trails were dusty. The terrain which included a valley ridges, trees and tall grass had a major impact on the outcome of this

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