Plains Indians, Pt. 1

overview of Plains Indians in late 19th Century
Video Rating: 5 / 5

This is a slight departure from the new series on Western Gunfighters. This still ends with a high noon shootout, but in this case each of the protagonists is backed by a huge number of mounted horsemen. The time is June of 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in the Montana territory. George Armstrong Custer, who had distinguished himself with daring cavalry charges in the American Civil War, has come west to put an end to the Indian threat. Unfortunately for his later reputation, Custer’s early victories included a couple of raids on Indian camps that ended in the massacre of men, women, and children. But now Lt. Col. Custer, Major Marcus Reno, and Captain Frederick Benteen with combined forces of just under 600 men is out to force Sioux and Cheyenne Indians back to their reservations. They encounter Sitting Bull’s Indian encampment on the morning of June 25, and Custer, partially through arrogance, partly because he had no idea the Indians outnumbered him three to one, splits his forces and sends Benteen in one direction to block an Indian escape, and Reno in the other to attack and drive the Indians toward Custer’s 210 troops in the middle. The rest is history. Reno and his men ran into trouble and had to retreat, pursued by superior forces. Eventually they managed to link up with Benteen and fought their way to safety, leaving Custer exposed in the middle. Under the leadership of Crazy Horse and White Bull, two of Sitting Bull’s top lieutenants, some 1800 Lakota and

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