On This Day In American History – The Battle of The Little Bighorn Was Fought

The American Dream Starts @ The Southeast Steuben County Library

On June 25, 1876 U.S. Army 7th Cavalry Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer lead more than 200 soldiers in an attack on a camp of Lakota, Arapaho & Cheyenne Indians led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull near the Little Big Horn River in Montana. In approximately two hours the Indian forces overwhelmed and annihilated (wiped out) all of Custer’s forces with the exception of one horse named “Comanche.”

In essence the Battle of the Little Big Horn was the last big battle between Native American Indians and the forces of the United States Army. The history of relations between European-Americans settlers and the various Native American tribes that lived in the United States during the colonial and American expansionist period (approximately the early 17th century to the end of the 19th) was one fraught with friction as the Euro-Americans repeatedly made peace treaties with…

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