Several years after the Civil War had ended, the U.S. army began to focus it’s attention to arising conflicts with Indian tribes in the plains regions. These conflicts were the result of settlers beginning to migrate further out west, mainly in search of more land and gold. As they moved out more and more, they encroached on lands that the Indian tribes considered to be there own. In order to protect the settlers, the U.S. army sent a heavy amount of troops to be stationed in various locations in the plains regions. Eventually, a series of battles were to ensue between the U.S. Army and the Plains Indians. These battles were known as the Sioux Wars, which ranged from the 1860’s to the late 1870’s. During this time period is when the Battle of the Little Bighorn happened. In the early 1870’s, a good deal of Indian tribes in the Northern Plains had agreed moved to agency reservations, however there were still a good amount of Indians who were resisting the change. The ones who were resisting came together and formed an alliance in the Montana Territory to fight off the U.S. troops. In James V. Schneider’s novel, Behind Custer at the Little Bighorn, he discusses that this alliance was formed by Sitting Bull in 1875. Known as the Sun Dance Alliance, it consisted of the C...
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... was. They also had no idea at the actual size of the village until they had already began to charge. By then it was too late to pull back and events were already set in motion. When Reno hit the Southern end of the village first, he was shocked to see how big it actually was. He was also extremely surprised at the speed and size of the warrior force that quickly came and met him. The warriors were constantly able to keep the Cavalry on their heels. Reno’s force was no where near prepared when they charged, just like Custer’s force was when they arrived at the Northern end of the camp. Custer, just like Reno was met with unexpected forces. Along with being attacked on his flanks and head on by the Sioux, the Cheyenne warriors came around from the rear, snuck up on the troopers, and surprised them. This resulted in them being surrounded and eventually massacred.
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