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The fateful decision to attack


On the morning of 25 June 1876, Custer is informed that a large Sioux village has been located in the valley of the Little Bighorn River, 24 kilometres from his command. Although he initially intends to attack the following day, he decides on an immediate attack when a subsequent report that some Native Americans have possibly observed his cavalry column, compromisi­ng the element of surprise.

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