Accession Number:

ADA265488

Title:

The Defeat of the 7th Cavalry: Impact on the Nation

Descriptive Note:

Study project rept,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

From its very infancy, America struggled to form and execute a comprehensive policy to deal with the Indians. However, as the nation grew, management of Indian affairs was often confused, haphazard, and inconsistent. Strategies of treaty-making, land purchases, assimilation of the tribes into civilized society, and outright removal of the indians from their traditional lands all competed with each other. The Civil War provided only a brief change of focus away from the Indian problem, and as the country set about its post-war reconstruction, attention again turned to Indian affairs. By the 1870s the nation was divided into two basic philosophies on the best way to resolve the issue. The population on the frontier favored a heavy-handed military approach, while eastern society leaned toward a softer program of preparing the Indians for integration into civilization. As the debate continued and the Indian wars became more intense, George Armstrong Custer led his Regiment in its ill-fated attack against a Sioux encampment. This study examines the impact of that event on the nation, its policy towards the Indians, on the Army itself, as well as the politics during the election year of 1876. Additionally, the study examines the medias role and its influence on the American people. It is an attempt to show the major impact that single event can have on an entire nation

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE