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, Sitting Bull, 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 George Custer killing all of his 231 men including Custer, his two brothers, his brother-in-law, and his nephew. The Battle of Little Bighorn became known as the greatest victory of the Native Americans against the U.S. soldiers.
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 Crazy Horse
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 Crazy Horse
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