Montana Battles

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The only battle remembered in the Indian Wars was the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Custer’s brilliant last stand. Custer made the biggest mistake of his life and that is what propelled him to fame. U.S. Army performed better without him. There were other battles besides that one. For instance the Battle of Rosebud Creek. Led by General Crook, the U.S. Army got attacked by Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors. The Army fought hard but lost in the end. How about the Battle of the Bear Paw Mountains? Chief Joseph had the greatest quote of the war. “From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.” Every battle got over shadowed by Custer’s biggest mistake. Like the Battle of Canyon Creek. The Army chased the Nez Perce through Canyon Creek and by Cow Island. Shots were exchanged and the Army had to pull back to Cow Island. The Nez Perce got away for the time being. All of these battles that never get any recognition. Custer’s last stand gets all of the credit and he lost. Everyone likes him because he made the biggest mistake by not waiting for backup. That does not make any sense. These battles are not talked about enough. The Battle of the Little Bighorn gets discussed the most out of any of the other Indian War battles. These are the most important battles in the war. The Battle of the Bear Paw mountains ended the Nez Perce’s run to Canada. The Rosebud battle set up the battle of he Little Bighorn. This war set the stage for the next hundred years. Making them stay in reservations, neglecting them, and treating them poorly. Letting the agents of the tribes on the reservations steal from the tribes food supply and lie to the tribes. Not caring about if they have enough food or supplies to surv... ... middle of paper ... ...ica have this arrogance. What if the Nez Perce made it to Canada. The Battle of Rosebud, Canyon Creek, and Bear Paw mountains impacted the Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Nez Perce tribes in a way that the American public looked at them as corrupt little creatures, with the terrible reservations they got put on, and how badly they were treated. Works Cited Addison, Helen and Dan McGrath. War Chief Joseph. Caxton Printers 1941. Fifer, Barbara. MT Battlefields 1806-1877.Helena Montana Farcountry Press 2005. Grinnell, George. The Fighting Cheyenne. Corner House Publisher 1976. Holmes, Krys. Montana Stories of the Land. Mt Historical Society Press 2008. Malone, Michael. et. al. MT A History of 2 Centuries. University of Washington Press 1991. Encyclopedia of MT Indians. St. Clare Shores High Somerset Publishers 2001.

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