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|TOP 10 HISTORIC INDIAN BATTLES
|Chief Sitting Bull photographed with General Custer.
"CUSTER'S LAST STAND"
THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN, 1876 — Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other tribes set aside their differences in the face of intolerable abuse by the U.S. Government, and their warriors were amassing in the thousands when General George Custer ordered his 700 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry of the United States Army to attack the Indian war party and his 700-troop regiment was subsequently annihilated in the ensuing battle.
History books describe Custer as a headstrong impulsive professional soldier who developed his reputation as an "Indian fighter" for leading bloody campaigns against the Kiowas and the Cheyennes on the southern plains — but history records that some of General Custer's superiors and subordinates felt he lacked the judgement needed to defeat a savvy tough Indian warrior like Sitting Bull on the battlefield.
By some historical accounts, Custer was aspiring to run for the office of president of the United States, and saw this fight as an opportunity to seize more battle-field notoriety to enhance his military reputation and presidential aspirations.
Custer is said to have disobeyed direct orders to holdup and meet with supporting troops to coordinate an attack — instead, in what is believed to have been an attempt to be credited with winning the battle — Custer pushed his men and horses to travel at a fast pace through two days and nights to beat supporting army regiments to the area, and then Custer's men attacked the superior Indigenous forces on bad intelligence.
The Indian warriors then countered Custer's attack and effectively sealed his place in history by massacring him and his 700 soldiers on the battlefield.
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BATTLE OF THE WABASH
|BATTLE OF THE WABASH
THE BATTLE OF THE WABASH RIVER — aka St. CLAIR'S DEFEAT, 1791 — is infamous for being the most severe defeat ever suffered by the US Government at the hands of Native American Indian warriors. Of the 1,000 US troops General Arthur St. Clair led into the battle, only 48 US troops are known to have survived unharmed.
As a result of circumstances surrounding the battle, President George Washington forced General St. Clair to submit his immediate resignation.
The victorious Native American warriors were lead by Chief Little Turtle, Miami, Chief Blue Jacket, Shawnee, and Chief Buckongahelas, Delaware.
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