Custer, Great Plains, Union Army discussed on Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast

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Custer's low class rank would result in like an obscure posting in the army Custer was lucky enough to graduate as the civil war broke out. And that was basically all hands on deck. Sure show. He just pressed him out there. So in April eighteen sixty one Custer joined the union army's cavalry and actually proved himself there a competent reliable soldier in battle such as the first battle of bull run Manassas Virginia in the battle of Gettysburg. I'm gonna do a future topic on the battle of Gettysburg just saying that shows up a lot, but keep this so customers to several times despite having no direct command experience, but Custer did become one of the youngest generals in the union army at age twenty three his relentless pursuit of the army. Northern Virginia is often partially credited for helping to end the civil war. Okay. So Custer twos. Credit? He wasn't afraid of getting his hands dirty. Unlike many other generals, he led his men from the front instead of from Bihar. Hind and was often the first to plunge into battle in February eighteen sixty four Custer, married. Elizabeth or Libby bacon. She wasn't initially impressed with him and her father judge Dana bacon, disapproved of Custer as a match because he was just the son of a blacksmith. It wasn't until well after Custer had been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General that he gained the approval of judge bacon and the go ahead to marry Libby. Join six yeah. In eighteen sixty six he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the seventh cavalry unit and went with liberty Kansas to fight in the plains Indian wars. So the Great Plains and the mid nineteenth century. They were last real native American holdout in America. So settlers were colonizing the far west before this award happen, but not too many actually settled in the planes due to its weather, and, you know, large native American population. Sure, they were scared of them at that point. But after the civil war far west became scarcer and the US government granted ten percent of planes land to settlers and railroads. So basically a confrontation between the plains Indians. Against the settlers and the government forces beat was inevitable. Yeah. Of course. And I'm saying plains Indians because they referred to themselves as the plains Indians as group, otherwise I'm trying to say Americans this. It's excellent. We try and be respectful of all all people places and things. Yes. So by the eighteen sixties most native Americans had been forced onto reservations or outright killed vowing to avoid the same fate the plains Indians settled in for a long fierce hold out in hopes of squashing, the native Americans livelihood. The government allowed the roads to kill scores of buffalo herds in order to lay railroad tracks. They also urged hunters to kill as many buffalo as possible without any oversight. And they encourage trains to stop. So passengers could get off and massacre. Buffalo work. Yeah. Yeah. The more that the whites needlessly slaughtered the buffalo the anger the native Americans grew. Yeah. Some stage brutal tax on settlers in railroad workers without regard to age your gender and to the native Americans the railroad represented an end to their livelihood since from Linnea. They'd relied on the free roaming buffalo to surf. Oh my gosh. So by the time Custer arrived on the scene in eighteen sixty six the war between the army and the plains Indians was like really in full force Custer's first assignment was helping Major General Winfield. Scott Hancock carry out. What was essentially a shock-and-awe campaign to overwhelm the native Americans at the end of the campaign custard. Deserted his post and join his wife at Fort Riley, Kansas like like he was out there fighting, and then he was like, I'm gonna head home..

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