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On June 17, 1876, a U.S. Army column commanded by General George Crook was engaged in battle at Rosebud Creek by warriors of the Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne nations. The result was a sharp defeat for Crook, one which completely unhinged the Army's plan to defeat these tribes and drive them back onto their reservations. The battle also set the stage for Custer's defeat at Little Bighorn eight days later. Crook had just over one thousand men in his command, which normally would have sent the Indians scattering in all directions, but the soldiers found out the hard way that the tribes intended to stand and fight. Repeated savage attacks caused panic to breal out among Crook's troops, who were threatened with being overrun, and likely would have been if not for Crook's Crow and Shoshone scouts, who parried the assaults and stabilized the situation. The end result was that Crook's column was obliged to remain at the battle site to care for the wounded, a number of which could not be moved. This derailed the converging columns plan the Army had set in motion to defeat the Sioux and Cheyenne. Even worse, Crook had no way to inform either his fellow field commanders or his superiors of what had happened in time to give warning of the new found aggressivemess of the Indians.
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