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Indian Wars and the Year of Custer: The Battle of the Rosebud

During the Indian Wars, General George Crook was denied victory in the Battle of the Rosebud due to inaccurate presumptions and ineffective tactics. The...

Custer’s Not-So-Fighting Seventh Cavalry

Few troopers in Custer's famed unit had any combat experience when they rode against the Sioux at the Little Bighorn River in Montana. There are...

The Plains Indian and Killdeer Mountain

In the shadows of Killdeer Mountain of present day western North Dakota, there lies the site of an 1864 battle between the Sioux and...

Indian War in the West: The Siege of Beecher Island

During the Cheyenne Indian Wars, Major George Forsyth and his scouts were besieged in misery and starvation for days after the Battle of...

Before Custer’s Last Stand, There Was Fetterman’s

The history of Fetterman's Massacre and its similarities to Custer's Last Stand. Almost everyone has heard of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and...

Indian Wars and the Year of Custer: Reno’s Reconnaissance

In preparation for the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Major Marcus Reno lead a scouting party to locate the enemy Sioux and Cheyenne...

Indian Wars and the Year of Custer: The Rosebud Defeat and Custer

The flawed strategy of General Crook lead to his defeat in the Battle of the Rosebud and contributed to Custer's demise at the...

Indian Wars and the Year of George Custer: The Offensive of 1876

The Great Sioux War started over who controlled the Black Hills. A flawed battle plan ensured bloodshed on both sides, including that of...

Indian Wars and the Year of Custer: First Guns on the Rosebud

Tension mounts in the Indian Wars as Crook's column is surprise attacked by the same foe he had been pursuing and who would...

Indian Wars and the Year of George Custer: Finding the Indians

By May of 1876, Custer and his army moved from three directions to locate and destroy hostile Indians in Montana. The Native Americans...