• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

General Custer Essay

Extracts from this document...


To what extent was General Custer responsible for the defeat at Little Bighorn? In the late 1875, Sioux and Cheyenne Indians defiantly left their reservations outraged over white settlers coming onto their land in the Black Hills, Dakota. They gathered in Montana, with the great warrior Sitting Bull, to fight for their lands. The following spring, two victories over the US Calvary made them determined to fight in the summer of 1876 at Little Bighorn. I think that General Custer was most responsible for the US defeat because he ignored all the warnings that he was given about the strength of the Indian forces and their determination to protect their lands. He didn't wait for more troops to come and reinforce his men because he was confident that he could win on his own, even though the Indians had 2000 warriors alone and there were many more women and young children in their huge camp. General Custer had 600 men. The Indians were much better equipped for fighting with every warrior having a Winchester repeating rifle and plenty of ammunition; also the Indians had a lot more other necessary supplies. ...read more.


He was very vain and took a great deal of care over his appearance; he took many photographs of himself and made his own uniform so he could look his best. I think that Custer did what he did at the battle of Little Bighorn because he wanted to prove that he was the bravest man in the US. Also, I think that he wanted to prove to everyone in the Army that he was not a 'cold blooded, untruthful and unprincipled man' and that he was a hero and he could beat the Indians on his own by demonstrating his generalship. The US's plan was to send out the army and to try and wipe out the Indians completely. Once the Indians were located, a three - pronged attack was planned. General Custer was to travel south along Rosebud Creek and advance up the Bighorn Valley. He received strict instructions not to attack and to wait for Terry and Gibbon. Custer did not follow the exact route given to him, instead of going round the Wolf Mountains he went through them. ...read more.


The Indian camp was huge with about 1000 tipis and 7000 people. Custer was informed of this but once again he ignored the warning and still was determined to defeat the Indians with his small and poorly equipped force. Custer and his troops had just come on a long journey from Fort Abraham Lincoln and his men were very tired, Custer still made them fight as soon as they got close enough to the camp. This would definitely give the Indians the upper hand because they would be fresh because they would have slept and be well fed. Also, another one of Custer's mistakes was that he divided his forces and they attacked in different places. If they had stuck together they would have had a much better chance of survival and more importantly, victory. General Custer was a brave man but his judgement on this occasion was poor and proved to be a disaster, in some peoples eyes Custer died at the Battle Of Little Bighorn as an American hero, but other people believed he died as a stupid man who disobeyed orders and lost the battle against the Indians. I think that his mistakes and personality lead to the defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn. ?? ?? ?? ?? Robert Foard 9E 1/3/07 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent was Custer to blame for the defeat at the battle of ...

    3 star(s)

    Custer designed his own uniform and spent long hours on his appearance for his 'audience'. He had fine bright yellow hair in curls that dell to his shoulders and vivid blue eyes. He had a lovely figure with broad shoulders, a deep voice that shrilled and was a natural born athlete.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    To what extent was Custer to blame for the defeat of the 7th Cavalry ...

    3 star(s)

    The Indians were not used to fighting a pitched battle so this style of fighting was completely new to them, this shows the great leadership qualities of Crazy Horse and the immensely difficult battle he put forward.

  1. Submarines essay

    It was Holland's design which was the base for the English and American submarines. Holland was born in County Clare, Ireland. At the age of 17 he joined the religious orders of Cork. But other ideas pulled him away from religion and he drew sketches of submersible boats.

  2. 'Law and Order in the American West'

    We used candles, which my mother made by pouring melted tallow into moulds. We used soft soap that my mother made by leaching water slowly through a barrel of wood ash to get the alkali and potash, and then boiling this in a kettle with the scraps of fats she saved.

  1. Who was the real Custer, and to what extent was he to blame for ...

    us to argue that many aspects of the battle were his fault. If this is a true analogy, he would have ignored orders and done anything for as much glory as possible. But with these down sides, came incredible ambition, as he had always wanted to become a lawyer, causing him to also be bold and brave.

  2. The Battle of the Little Bighorn.

    Custer, however arrogant and selfish he may have been, was an excellent war leader. He was willing to take all sorts of calculated risks in order to win. This all stemmed from the fact that Custer liked to be a hero and loved to win.

  1. Am I not a Man and a brother?

    I did not think so much at the time, I bore Bobby a son and Master John a male slave soon after our marriage. Though Sam latter became a free man, he was not a free-born.

  2. General George Custer

    The Indians were also very annoyed at the whites as they would take the railroad west, hunt the buffalo and only take the meat from them and leave the rest of the body to bio-degrade. This was annoying to the Indians as they used every single part of the buffalo.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work