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custers last stand

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Why did the U.S. Army lose the battle of "Little Big Horn?" Custer was a high spirited man and sometimes too much of a high spirit would mean he would not be able to think rationally, which also means he would push his men to the limit and make them exhausted and therefore unfit to fight, which can cause low morale. This may have been a factor in making his soldiers surrender. Custer also had a tended to be ignorant, was known for stupidity and selfishness as he completely ignored his scouts and charged at the largest Indian collection in the West with an ammunition supply that was below par. ...read more.

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Custer may have made many bad decisions and may have many faults but he cannot be blamed for Brigadier General Terry's bad judgement, for Sitting Bull to have had a Sun dance which predicted the natives winning. He also did not know of the tactical abilities of Crazy Horse; such as to out flank the 7th Cavalry. This is very important as it meant that Custer and his men couldn't retreat to high land where they would be able to dig in and hold out. The natives instead caught Custer's men off guard and massacre them, even if they wanted to surrender as Custer didn't ever take male prisoners. ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel the main reasons of the 7th Cavalry losing are, Terry allowing Custer to command, which is connected to Custer taking a short cut, because he wanted to be seen as a war hero, I see these 2 reasons as bad decisions. But I feel the worst of those was Custer taking a short cut as this meant he would arrive ahead of schedule and was heavily out numbered. On the other hand, the natives were ready to fight and this was due to the important decisions made by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull such as the Sun Dance which gave the natives belief because the "Great Spirit" had told them they would win, whereas Crazy Horse had learnt his tactics, most likely, by watching the Americans soldiers fight. ?? ?? ?? ?? C. McInnes 10D ...read more.

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