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Battle of Little Bighorn: 07 – Men of the Civil War Go West

Since 1861 the United States Army had found itself involved in two wars. The first was the national conflict between the northern and southern...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 06 – Depredations, White and Red

From about 1854 to 1864, several events added considerable fuel to the fire that would rage at the Little Bighorn in 1876. One event,...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 05 – Massacre at Sand Creek

While Colorado Governor John Evans, with Chivington’s help, attempted to instigate an Indian war in 1864, two important events occurred. First of all, in...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 04 – A New Treaty, A New Reservation, and War

Pike's Peak By 1861, in the Territory of Colorado, the Pike’s Peak area was overrun with gold seekers in spite of the fact that this...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 03 – Forts, Gold Rushes, and Treaties

Until the mid-1840s about the only protection for travelers, anywhere near the Oregon Trail, was Fort Leavenworth in present-day Kansas. Its major function, however,...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 02 – The Years Before

On June 25, 1876, the Battle of the Little Bighorn raged in present-day Montana. This confrontation between the Seventh Cavalry, led by Lieutenant Colonel...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 01 – Introduction

When men such as Emanuel Henry Custer headed westward to Ohio, native inhabitants of that area were gradually forced even further west. Arriving on...

The Battle on the Greasy Grass

Factions of Native American Indians soundly defeated forces of the U.S. Army during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In late June 1876, George Armstrong...

Indian War in the West: Prelude to the Battle of Wolf Mountains

As Indian War in the west drew to a conclusion, Crazy Horse prepared to do battle with Colonel Nelson Miles in the harsh...

Indian War in the West: The Battle of Powder River

During the Indian Wars, the Battle of Powder River equated to a hollow army victory that foreshadowed doom for George Custer at Little...