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Battle of the Little Bighorn
Focus questions

What did George Custer do leading up to the battle of the little bighorn

How many native amercians were there and how many soldiers were there.

What happened during the battle.

Was it worth going in to the battle in the first place.


http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/custer.htm

Reflection 1 january 19th

This week i narrowed down my focus questions. My dad is a former social studies teacher so on tuesday he gave me a basic over view about the battle. Some of the key points that he told me include these. Custer had indian scouts who told him that attacking the native americans would be an awful mistake. Custer split up his group into three different sections, his party came head on while the other two came from the sides. The two side attack parties were taken by surprise and the front party was wiped out. The very next day the indian camp was gone all of the indians had disappeared.

Notes

Chief Sitting Bull and Chief Crazy Horse are the two sioux/cheyenne war leaders. (see pictures below).

Kicking Horse Sitting Bull

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Ben's comment: I think that you should include more maps about the location of the battle and how it was fought. I also think that you should talk about the causes of the war.
Thanks Ben I will post a diagram tomarrow.
Ben's second comment: What was the death count for the battle? Who had more casualties. I think that you should write about both sides of the battle. It would add more depth to your site.

Reflection 2 February 2nd

This week i rented a book from the library on the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In this book it goes in depth about the battle formation. In Custers regiment he had two other commanders, These commanders are Reno and Beninteen both of whom were stopped while trying to attack the indians from the sides. These two commanders were defeated and tried to get word back to Custer but failed and this cost the whole war company its lifes.


Notes
see the top pic to see this weeks notes.
I think that i am going to focus on custers events leading up to it this week.

Reflection 3
Unlike most other Americans living in the west during this time period George Custer was not looking for gold. He was a General who had won many victorys against the native americans. The day Custer fell was like any other just a patrol, but since the army was at war with the natives he was free to engage them at any point in time. Custer was patrolling the little bighorn river when his native scouts brought him word of a massive sioux and cheyenne village. The headstrong general lead his regiment directly at the encampment and were immediately met by a war party twice their size.

Notes
Was succesful at learning about what lead up to the battle but now am interested in finding out more about General George Armstrong Custer.

Reflection 4
General Custer was born in New Rumley Ohio. He enrolled in the United State Military Academy and when he came out he immediately joined the north during the civil war. He rose the ranks and ended as a luitenant in the 2nd cavalry and at the First Battle of Bull Run. After the civil war Custer was dispatched to go to the west and fight the indians. Custer fought in 13 different battles before being defeated at the little bighorn more famously known today as Custers Last stand. Custer died at age 36 he spent 16 of those years in the army.

Notes
I think I was succesful again this week in accomplishing my goal look forward to next weeks post

Reflection 5
This week i am going to answer one of my topic questions which is was it worth going to battle in the first place? Custer obviously lost the battle of the little bighorn to the sioux and cheyenne tribes of that area. Kick Carson, is a very famous native american and wasnt surprised to know that Custer was defeated. I would say that it was not worth going to battle. Custer was very brave but very stubborn man, he was also very head strong and sometimes went into dangerous situations that he could have avoided. This was certainately one of those decissions it was a dumb mistake that was unnecessary. Although it was his job to patrol the area the natives were not going to attack them and were at the time not dangerous. In the standpoint of the american army this was a huge defeat and a soul crusher to the hearts and minds of the soilders. All and all nothing posotive came out of this for america.

Notes
This weeks post was very strait forward.
I have been coming across some very interesting facts lately and even though this isnt my topic i would recomend the book Blood and Thunder a nonfiction story of the famouus Kick Carson

Reflection 6
This week again I am going to focus on one of my topic questions. The question is how many native americans were there and how many soldiers were there? First of all the three tribes that fought in the battle include the Northern Cheyenne, Lakota, and the Great Sioux. On the other side was the 7th cavalry regiment of the U.S Army. The death toll was very high for the Cavalry they lost a total of 268 men and scouts 55 were wounded. For the Native Americans there was a death toll of only about 36 and 160 wounded. This was a huge victory for tribes across the nation but and even bigger one for the Cheyenne. The Cheyenn tribe felt like they were the armys main target, seven different camps had been wiped out by the army, more than any other
tribe.

Notes
The book has turned out to be a great success but not as much as a new wiki ive discovered. Ive learned about the commanders, scouts, tribes, and even Renos attack and attempt to take the Native Americans from the side by surprise. Next weeks post will be about Reno and his role in the battle.

Comments:
I think your wiki is really cool. I love the map you first see when you open up to the page. You have a really cool topic too. I would maybe add a few more sources but overall nice job!

Reflection 7
I know ive been talking about the Battle for a while now but i realized that ive never really answered one of my questions which was what happened to the battle. Youve heard me talk about all the details bit i dont think i ever really told you what happened now that ive been informed. So before i tell you about Reno im going to tell you about the battle. Custer was just on a patrol mission with his two lueitenants Reno and Benteen. They dispised the Cheyenne and the scouts had told them that there was a massive war party a coupld miles up near the Little BigHorn River. The scouts also advized the general and other commanding officers that it would be unwise to attack and that they would all die. Custer thought this over and deecided to go against the scouts and too construct a plan Reno took his men to flank from the left. He and Benteen were cut off by a surprise attack and never gave the support that Custer would have needed if he were to have any chance to win. With Reno and Benteen out of the picture a massive indian war party charged the regiment and wiped out Custers entire squad. The Native Americans than continued to scalp the head of General Custer.
Notes
Loved learning about this topic so far have been trying to start on my final powerpoint. look forward to completing this assigment and becoming an expert on the battle.