Crazy Horse (Tashunka Witko)

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Crazy Horse was the key to the Sioux-Cheyenne resistance to the white man. He and his Oglala warriors fought every incursion into Indian territory, engaging in every major battle, protecting, feeding and helping other Indians when needed.

The battlefield was the area from the Black Hills of South Dakota on the east to the Big Horn mountains on the west, from the North Platte river on the south to the Canadian border to the north. Crazy Horse took part in battles with the Omahas, the Crows, the Snakes, the attack on Julesburg, Colo. (first punitive attack by the Sioux) in 1885, the Plate Bridge fight (North Platte) in 1865, the attacks on Cole's columns under General Patrick Conner in 1865, the destruction of the Fetterman command at Fort Phil Kearney in 1866, the Hayfield and Wagon Box fights in 1867, the Battle of the Rosebud against Crook in 1876, the Battle of the Little Big Horn (Custer Massacre) on June 25, 1876, the defense against the attack of General Nelson Miles (Fort Keogh, Montana) in 1877. With others, Crazy Horse developed the "decoy" plan for luring white soldiers into battle. Always fighting with insufficient ammunition, usually against superior fire power, he demonstrated repeatedly the value of guerilla warfare. Together with Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapas, Crazy Horse was the most stubborn and determined of all the Teton Sioux in resisting the encroachments of the white man.


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