Subversive Historian – 06/25/09

The Battle of the Little Bighorn

Back in the day on June 25th, 1876 Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led his 7th cavalry troops in an attack on Sioux and Cheyenne natives. Custer’s “Last Stand,” in what is known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn, of course, ended in defeat for his troops at the hands of the native warriors in what is modern day Montana. In a prelude to one of the most studied military engagements in U.S. history, the discovery of gold in the Black Hills, a sacred site for the Sioux Nation, fueled tensions and clashes between white prospector settlements and the native populations. With the U.S. government wanting the Sioux on reservations, Chief Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Gall led their respective people in resisting the destruction of their way of life. Custer, feeling overly assured of his impending victory, led his columns into battle where they were outnumbered and annihilated. The Lieutenant Colonel would also pay with his life for his folly.

Incredulously, the “ever-sensitive” McDonald’s corporation recently had the gall to include “General Custer” figurines in their happy meals in Rapid City, South Dakota where a sizable native population resides. Now, I don’t know about you, but that just makes me grimace!

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One response to “Subversive Historian – 06/25/09

  1. 47whitebuffalo

    Custer was an arrogant egomamiac responsible for the massacre at Washita–Black Kettle did not make it out of that one alive after surviving the massacre at Sand Creek. Custer was ‘trespassing’ and he knew it and he suffered the consequences of his actions. He attacked the Lakota camp hoping for another ‘wipe-out’.

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