141 Years Ago Today– The Battle of the Greasy Grass- aka Little Big Horn

My first assignment in the Army was in the 1st Cavalry Division. A mechanized Infantry unit but they were still proud of their lineage to the cavalry. Gary Owen is still the unit song. The 9th and 10th Cav, Buffalo Soldiers, were celebrated. There is even a 7th Cavalry inside the division.

The first road trip my wife and I took, it was to Little Big Horn. I’d always wondered how that played out, but once I saw the terrain, as a military person, I understood.

Little Big Horn is an examination in leadership failure. And ego run amok. So what led Custer to lead half the 7th Cavalry to its doom? We have to look back to his time at West Point and move forward from there.

Originally published at bobmayer.com on June 25, 2017.

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