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To put it as simply as possible; US Army General Custer under estimated the size, strength and tactics of a group of Native American's (Sioux & Cheyenne) and the ensuing battle resulted in a complete victory by the Native Americans.


The Battle of Little Big Horn took place in Montana on June 25, 1876. Under the command of General Sheridan was the 7th Calvary headed by Lt. Col. George Custer. US President Grant had ordered all Native American tribes in the Black Hills area of Montana onto reservations by January 31, 1876. If they declined the army would force compliance. The Native American Tribes refused to comply with what they considered to be an unfair situation. As part of this compliance, Custer was conducting operations in the valley of the Little Big Horn.

Custer made the error of splitting his forces and the troops under his direct command fell under attack of Sitting Bull and his warriors. The numbers of fighters on each side has been disputed but for arguments sake Custer had 200 plus troopers and Sitting Bull had about 4,000 warriors (this is one estimation ). Within about 45 minutes, Custer's troops were wiped out to the man. A number of military historians do not consider this to be a battle because of the length of time and the numbers of cavalry troops involved. They have used the word "confrontation" rather than battle.

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The full answer to this question would encompass enough information to fill a book, and has.

To put it as simply as possible; US Army General Custer under estimated the size, strength and tactics of a group of Native American's (Sioux & Cheyenne) and the ensuing battle resulted in a complete victory by the Native Americans.


The Battle of Little Big Horn took place in Montana on June 25, 1876. Under the command of General Sheridan was the 7th Calvary headed by Lt. Col. George Custer. US President Grant had ordered all Native American tribes in the Black Hills area of Montana onto reservations by January 31, 1876. If they declined the army would force compliance. The Native American Tribes refused to comply with what they considered to be an unfair situation. As part of this compliance, Custer was conducting operations in the valley of the Little Big Horn.

Custer made the error of splitting his forces and the troops under his direct command fell under attack of Sitting Bull and his warriors. The numbers of fighters on each side has been disputed but for arguments sake Custer had 200 plus troopers and Sitting Bull had about 4,000 warriors (this is one estimation ). Within about 45 minutes, Custer's troops were wiped out to the man. A number of military historians do not consider this to be a battle because of the length of time and the numbers of cavalry troops involved. They have used the word "confrontation" rather than battle.

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an abo blew his horn and they ran in Horror from the dreamtime breath.

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The full answer to this question would encompass enough information to fill a book, and has.

To put it as simply as possible; US Army General Custer under estimated the size, strength and tactics of a group of Native American's (Sioux & Cheyenne) and the ensuing battle resulted in a complete victory by the Native Americans.


The Battle of Little Big Horn took place in Montana on June 25, 1876. Under the command of General Sheridan was the 7th Calvary headed by Lt. Col. George Custer. US President Grant had ordered all Native American tribes in the Black Hills area of Montana onto reservations by January 31, 1876. If they declined the army would force compliance. The Native American Tribes refused to comply with what they considered to be an unfair situation. As part of this compliance, Custer was conducting operations in the valley of the Little Big Horn.

Custer made the error of splitting his forces and the troops under his direct command fell under attack of Sitting Bull and his warriors. The numbers of fighters on each side has been disputed but for arguments sake Custer had 200 plus troopers and Sitting Bull had about 4,000 warriors (this is one estimation ). Within about 45 minutes, Custer's troops were wiped out to the man. A number of military historians do not consider this to be a battle because of the length of time and the numbers of cavalry troops involved. They have used the word "confrontation" rather than battle.

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It was battle in the Great Sioux War of 1876. The battle was fought between the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Native Americans and the US Army. The Native Americans won. It was also known as Custer's Last Stand as George Armstrong Custer, an officer in the battle for the US died after suffering a terrible defeat. It occurred on June 25 and 26 1876.

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For all historical questions such as this... you could write a book about it.. and in fact many people have written some really good books on this subject..^^ Here is a book you could take a quick look at to get your answer:

Little Bighorn Battle: The Incredible Story of Custer's Last Stand. by Evelyn and Edward Luce.

You can read a preview on Amazon...

Yet to give you a quick answer or a Reader's Digest version:

The Battle of Little Bighorn is considered one of the greatest victory that the Indian Army won, and one of the worst American military disaster ever recorded.

The American government sent out the American Army to move the Sioux and Cheyenne back to their reservation. The Army was told to do this in a clean and coordinated fashion.

However, Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry spotted the Sioux on June 25. Lt. Colonel George Custer decided to attack the main party of Sioux and split his forces into three different groups. Captain Frederick Benteen was sent to the upper valley to prevent the Sioux from escaping and Major Marcus Reno was sent to follow the group of Sioux, cross the river and charge into the Sioux village.

With the Sioux village surround, Lt. Colonel George Custer assumed the Sioux would be easy to defeat. Yet Custer did not realize the Sioux had three times the amount of warriors and the terrain had steep bluffs and ravines that would be difficult to maneuvered in.

Major Marcus Reno and his troop of 175 soldiers attacked the Sioux village from the southern end of the valley as instructed and quickly realized the other troops were not there to help relieve the war that had begun.

Lt. Colonel George Custer had his troop advance into the village from the northern end. The Indian Army that was attacking Major Marcus Reno's troop refocused onto the new group of men that had started to attack. Crazy Horse was a leader for the Oglala Sioux; he had his Indian army move downstream along the river and double back in order to trap Custer and his troop. In less than an hour, the Oglala Sioux had killed Lt. Colonel George Custer and his men. One more day of fighting took place; Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen were able to escape from the Indian army.

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Gen Custer and troops were killed. Where is the Little Big Horn?

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