Argumentative Essay: The Battle Of Little Big Horn

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The Battle of Little Big Horn In 1874 a U.S. Army General by the name of George A. Custer discovered gold in the Black Hills of South Dakota and openly claimed his findings (Henretta, Edwards, Rebecca & Self, 2012). Though this land hand already been distributed to the Plains Indians many began to lay claim to the land due to the Custer’s discovery. According to Clark (n.d.)“Once gold was found in the Black Hills, miners were soon moving to the Sioux hunting grounds and demanding protection from the United States Army” (Clark, n.d). The American government had begun attempts at forging peace with the Native Americans through treaties; however, the discovery of resources in lands given to the natives resulted in the violent removal of…show more content…
When this occurred Sitting Bull and his allies which consisted of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahos fought and defended their territory “Custer and all the men under his immediate command were slain” (Gregory J.W. Urwin, 2014)This battle is now known as “Custer’s Last Stand” (Henretta, J., Edwards, Rebecca, Self, 2012). The victory against the United States would be known as the last for the Plains Indians. The Results of Victory The American government and the people were not satisfied with the loss of Custer and his men. After the Plains Indians defeated the Cavalry, people like William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody started a Wild West Show that toured around the western portrayed Image’s of a revenge killing in favor of General Custer that displayed a scalping of a great Cheyenne warrior known as Yellow Hand. In the play Cody named the performance the “First Scalp for Custer”. The play involved a white man scalping Yellow Hand and displayed a victory for General Custer instead of a defeat. To the American public this portrayed the loss for Custer and his men as a victory for the U.S. Army in the West (Henretta, J., Edwards, Rebecca, Self,…show more content…
The Last Holdout The last holdout occurred on September 04, 1886 and it involved a Chiricahua Apache leader named Geronimo. Geronimo defended his tribes and there territories against the U.S. Government for 30 years ( staff 2009). “In 1874, the U.S. government moved Geronimo and his people from their land to a reservation in east- central Arizona.” ( staff 2009). Geronimo and some of his followers escaped the confinement of the Government’s reservations ( staff 2009). The U.S. Army hired Apaches to track Geronimo in the hills. When they finally caught up to him and his warriors, he would be the last to surrender to General Nelson Miles ( staff 2009). “Geronimo and a band of Apaches were sent to Florida and then Alabama, eventually ending up at the Comanche and Kiowa reservation near Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory” ( staff 2009). There, Geronimo became a successful farmer and converted to Christianity. He participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s

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