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- 1. The Battle of Little Bighorn
June 25, 1876
2. Who vs. Who?
(Led By Sitting Bull)
United States 7th Cavalry
(Led By George A. Custer)
3. What Happened?
Gen. Custer, hot on his heels after winning several battles gathered his 700 men and launched an attack against the Lakota Indians, in Little Bighorn, MT.
The Custer Battlefield as it exists today.
4. What Custer didnt know
2,000 Indians were waiting for him.
5. How it breaks down
Custer splits his Cavalry to make them appear bigger
Back in the day, many Americans viewed Custer as a martyr, or war hero, as opposed to a cocky general who got his entire troop killed.
Most paintings of the era reflect this.
Custer, outnumbered by 1,300 his forces cut in half was defeated.
actually, it was a massacre.The Indian forces captured what would be their greatest victory in the Great Sioux War (1876-1877).
7. The Battle By Numbers
2,000 Warriors (est.)
566 Troops, 31 Officers
8. Sources, Permissions.