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On June 25, 1876, Col. Custer’s 7th Cavalry of 700 soldiers attacked an encampment of Lakota, Cheyenne, & Arapaho with 2,500 warriors. Once called Custer’s Massacre, reality has set in. The battle began when Major Reno’s troops fired on the camp, killing 10 women & children. At the end, about 275 troopers & 50 to 75 warriors died. (opinions on all numbers varies)

What I read is that Custer attacked a tipi village, hoping the warriors were off fighting General Crook. Custer hoped for a quick win, a massacre of women & children, so he could take a train east and be nominated to run for President of the USA. And people think politics nowadays are messy!

While I take no pleasure in the deaths of so many soldiers & warriors, I do believe that Custer got his just desserts. (He also made many mistakes: split his forces, didn’t wait for help, orders not clear etc.) During the Battle of Washita, his troops had attacked a Cheyenne village, killing more women & children than warriors. He was hoping to do it again.

(photo: the soldiers were buried where they fell)

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