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Colonel Custer's mistakes were the Main Reasons for the defeat of the seventh cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Colonel Custer's mistakes were the Main Reasons for the defeat of the seventh cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn I agree/disagree with this statement because Colonel Custer made many mistakes that could have been avoided if he had overlooked his own status and took advice from others. Colonel Custer had defeated smaller Indian tribes before hand and had become big headed and believed he could do it again. ...read more.

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In this situation he should have sat still until the other troops but he decided to attack immediately. After travelling all day and all night, the soldiers were very tired and were not on top form. Custer took 600 men against an estimated 4000 including 2000 warriors, after warnings from scouts. He believed that he was always right and his opinion was the only one worth having. ...read more.

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Different Indian tribes pulled together and joined to create such a large camp. The Indians were aware of the army's tactics because of the previous battle at Sand Creek that Chief Black Kettle had escaped from. Black Kettle's camp decided to stay and fight which Custer did not know. The Indians usually declined from fighting and ran because of the ritual beliefs that killing man is wrong! The soldiers were surprised by this and at a major disadvantage. The state of the surrounding land was unknown to the army. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sara Moore 10THY 08/03/02 ...read more.

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