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INTRODUCTION 
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Video: introduction to the Little Bighorn affair
 
Most of what is said about the battle of Little Bighorn (or Little Big Horn) is utterly false. Built by authors, poets and military officers involved in the battle (and not ready to explain their actions), the traditionnal story of Little Bighorn has fooled Americans for almost a century and a half.


Worse, the story of General George Armstrong Custer, youngest American general in history, Civil War and Indian wars hero, has been distorted countless times. The purpose was to present this brilliant officer as a fool, an incompetent, or, worse, a criminal.



THE FACTS

1) Custer never massacred Indians
(the accusation comes from a completely distorted presentation of the 1868 Battle of the Washita)
 
 2) Custer was one of the most brilliant cavalry generals of his times 
(see his record during the Civil War and his tactics during the Indian wars, including Little Bighorn)
 
3)
Custer understood how to fight Indians
(see his record during the Indian wars, including Little Bighorn, and the opinion of historians and military officers)
 
4) Custer never underestimated his enemies. The Indians at LBH were 1'500, exactly the number of warriors Custer expected to surprise with his 647 soldiers (an usual tactic in Indian warfare)
(There has never been "thousands of Indians" in Sitting Bull's village or "an impossible victory" as some still say without knowing what the evidence say.)
  
6) The Indians never ambushed Custer, never flanked him. 
(They were surprised by the attack and most of their actions were late and disorganized.)
 
7) The entire 7th cavalry wasn't massacred at Little Bighorn. 2/3 of Custer's troops, who had to lead front and flank attacks, were out of the battle after 30 minutes and never reached Custer. This military betrayal by Major Reno and Captain Benteen can be proven with strong evidence
(It also explains why the army never did any inquiry on the battle, and let the American public dream about the "reckless Custer".)

 
8) Custer's attack at Little Bighorn has been  supported by such figures as US general in chief Nelson Appelton Miles, the most successful Indian fighter in US
history.

 
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