Highmark 12,307 Posted February 9 Share Posted February 9 (edited) Been watching and listening to a bunch of documentaries and podcasts on this and find it super interesting. Amazing how timing and the ability for Reno and Benteen's companies to fortify their position let them fend off basically the same group of warriors that wiped out all of Custer's companies. If both groups were able to link up and fortify their position the outcome may have dramatically different. Interesting to how past success in Indian camp raids played into Custer's demise. Basically in the past when a group charged the village/camp it often shook the organization of the Indian's and chaos would insue allowing a "mop up" group to come in and capture the remaining Indians who didn't flee. Reno's group was tasked with the charge and Custer's group mop up. What they didn't realize is the size of the encampment and that this time the warriors would not flee as easily. I don't recall learning that in 1874 the Native American's requested $70 million (US govt offered them $6 million) for their lands in and around the black hills and the US govt turned them down. Before anyone goes off on some rant let me state clearly up front I think its awful how the US govt handled native American's even though they were slaughtering each other for 100's of years for no different reason "we" conquered them. Resources. Edited February 9 by Highmark Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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