Crazy Horse and the 'Fetterman Fight'
Crazy Horse was only a young man when he
witnessed the events of the Grattan
Massacre. He realized that there would be
many other battles to fight against the
white intruders. In November 1866 Crazy
Horse became involved in an incident known
as the 'Fetterman Fight', which was a battle
during Red Cloud's War. Crazy Horse acted as
a decoy leader helping to lure Lt. Colonel
William J. Fetterman and 80 soldiers from
Fort Phil Kearny into a trap. With 81
American fatalities, the Fetterman Massacre
was the US army’s worst defeat in the West
until the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.
It spread terror amongst the white settlers.
The 'Fetterman Fight' forced the American
government to end Red Cloud's War.
They wanted him to sign a peace treaty and
their only option
was to retract their troops from the forts
which are located from within the region. The
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 was made in
which the army agreed to abandon the posts
along the Bozeman Trail. Red Cloud had won both
his war and a peace settlement.
Crazy Horse - The Sioux-Cheyenne alliance
Crazy Horse did not agree with the peace
treaty and continued his battles with the
Americans. The lands of the Sioux were again
threatened by the invasion of prospectors who found out that gold
was abundant in their area. Crazy Horse and
another famous Sioux war chief,
stood together to fight the invaders. Crazy
Horse helped to develop the powerful
Sioux-Cheyenne alliance that resisted the
U.S. reservation policy.
Crazy Horse - Battle of the Rosebud and the
Battle of Little Big Horn
On June 17, 1876 Crazy Horse won the Battle
of the Rosebud in Montana. A joint force of
Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne under Crazy Horse
turned back soldiers commanded by General
George Crook cutting off reinforcements
intended to aid General Custer at the Little
Bighorn. Crazy Horse then went to join the
forces of Sitting Bull. On 26 June 1876 the
Battle of the Little Bighorn
took place. The combined force of Native
American Indians rode to attack General
killing all of his 231 men including Custer, his
two brothers, his brother-in-law,
and his nephew. The
Little Bighorn became known as the greatest victory
of the Native Americans against the U.S.
Crazy Horse Surrenders
The stunned and angry reaction to the US
defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn
prompted a massive outcry and the US
government flooded the area with troops,
forcing the Native American Indians to
surrender or flee. Crazy Horse continued
fighting to a point that some of his
warriors were starting to leave him. He was
no match against the overwhelming US
opponent which forced him to surrender.
Crazy Horse surrendered on May 6, 1877 and
spent the summer near Fort Robinson,
Nebraska, awaiting assignment of a
reservation for his people.
The Death of
Whilst he was waiting near Fort Robinson
rumors began to circulate the he was
planning escape to start another war. He was
arrested on September 5, 1877. He did not
arrest arrest and went peaceably to Fort
Robinson. However, when he saw that he was
to be confined to a cell he struggled with
his captors and was stabbed with a bayonet.
He was killed as a bayonet struck his
kidneys. Throughout his life Crazy Horse had
cherished freedom and also in his death
The Story of
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Story of Crazy Horse.