The last stand custer sitting bull and the battle of the little bighorn nathaniel philbrick on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an engrossing and tautly written account of a critical chapter in american history. Philbrick recreates the battle of the little bighorn which includes custers last stand he begins by discussing custers personality career run ins with top brass including president grant wife and attitude toward indians. The battle of the little bighorn known to the lakota and other plains indians as the battle of the greasy grass and also commonly referred to as custers last stand was an armed engagement between combined forces of the lakota northern cheyenne and arapaho tribes and the 7th cavalry regiment of the united states army. Custer discovered that sitting bull was camped near the little bighorn river instead of waiting for a full force of the us army to assemble custer divided the 7th cavalry and chose to attack the indian camp one explanation is that custer believed the indians would be confused by separate attacks
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