Battle of little bighorn

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LTC George Armstrong Custer did not effectively apply the concept of mission command as a warfighting function during the Battle of Little Bighorn. While it is important to understand the context in which Custer made his decisions, those circumstances offer little in terms of excusing the fiasco that was Little Bighorn. Custer failed to follow orders, did not take pertinent intelligence into consideration, did not adequately plan or execute protection of his forces, and fought without essential fires equipment available to him. Custer did exercise good sustainment, but it was for naught, as the battle was brief. One must understand the context in which Custer fought at Little Bighorn. The year was 1876, and the country was growing. The United States had, since the settlement of North America by Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries, been populated in an east-to-west manner. People generally moved west as the population increased, and resources as well as physical space became sparse in a particular area. People at the time viewed The American West as an area under-utilized by the Indians, and there was a land grab by settlers as the population continued to increase in the East and the South. Additionally, the idea of Manifest Destiny was perhaps at its most fevered point during and after the period following the Civil War. Manifest destiny is the concept of a kind of American Imperialism that holds the belief that Americans are simply destined to occupy the continent of North America, and that they should remake the West into an American agrarian region. It had previously been the policy of the American government to remove and relocate Indians further and further west as the American population grew, but there was only so much... ... middle of paper ... ...ommand during the Battle of Little Bighorn. He did not understand his enemy or their tactics. He did not employ fires as well as he should have, failed to protect his forces, and, perhaps most importantly, he ignored the pertinent intelligence available to him. The outcome was utter defeat in this particular battle. Works Cited • Panzeri, Peter. 1995. Little Big Horn 1876: Custer's Last Stand. 8th Ed. New York, NY: Osprey Publishing. • McMurtry, Larry. 2005. Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West: 1846-1890. 10th Ed. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. • Wagner, Frederic. 2011. Participants in the Battle of Little Big Horn. 1st Ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland and Company. • APRP 6-0. • http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0112xfd Retrieved 17 December 2013 • http://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/the-indian-wars/battle-of-bighorn.htm, Retrieved 17 December 2013
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