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The last Stand By Cody Nichols On the morning of June 25 1876 Lieutenant Colonel George A Custer and the 7th Cavalry charged into battle against Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indians Custers orders were to wait for reinforcements at the mouth of the Little Big Horn River before attacking the Indians but Chief Sitting Bull had been spotted nearby and Custer was impatient to attack A treaty issued to the Sioux gave them exclusive rights to the Black Hills but when gold was later discovered in the area white miners flocked to the territory Despite the treaty the US government ordered the Indians away from the invading settlers and back to their reservations Custers job was to force the Indians back to their reservations Some of the Plains Indians refused to leave their sacred land and other tribes were camped in remote places and never learned of the order The US Army prepared for battle anyway Custer planned to attack the Indian camp from three sides but Chief Sitting Bull was ready for them The first two groups led by Captain Benteen and Major Reno were immediately forced to retreat to one side of the river where they continued to fight as best they could Custer was not as lucky Custers troops charged the Indians from the north Quickly encircled by their enemy Custer and more than 200 of his soldiers were killed in less than an hour Now the Controversy arises of the fact of how many Indians there where and whether or not Custer knew what he was up against In one article written by a Historian named Gregory Michno entitled How Big Was That Village Custer Loses In a Fair Fight Michno goes on to say how badly exaggerated the real numbers of the Plains Indians where He recounts testimony from the soldiers of the other companies and how different each soldier describes what they thought
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