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EARLY MORNING ATTACK BY CUSTER IN 1868

What Really Happened at the Battle of the Little Bighorn? - HISTORY

 

Without bothering to identify the village or do any reconnaissance,
Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer led an early morning attack
attack on a band of peaceful Cheyenne living with Chief Black
Kettle.

Convicted of desertion and mistreatment of soldiers earlier that
year in a military court, the government had suspended Custer
from rank and command for one year.

Ten months into his punishment, in September 1868, General Philip
 Sheridan reinstated Custer to lead a campaign against Cheyenna
Indians who had been making raids in
Kansas and Oklahoma
that summer.

Sheridan was frustrated by the inability of his other officers to find
and engage the enemy, and despite his poor record and unpopularity
with the men of the 7th Cavalry, Custer was a good fighter.

 

George Armstrong Custer - Wikipedia
George Armstrong Custer
(December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876)

 

General Custer and the Massacre of Washita River | The National

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Black Kettle
(c1803 – November 27, 1868)

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WAR CRIMES TRIAL BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1945


German Reichsmarschall, Commander of the Luftwaffe
Hermann Goering during cross examination at the trials.
 


Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany,
for atrocities committed during
World War II

The Nuremberg trials were conducted by an international tribunal
made up of representatives from the United States, the
Soviet
Union
, France and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in
history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes
against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity. Lord
Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over
the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216
court sessions.

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SPEECH DELIVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1863

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On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery
at Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War,
President
Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In fewer than 275 words, Lincoln
brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the
Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. Lincoln’s address
lasted just two or three minutes.

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation,
or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We
are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate
a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here
gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting
and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—
we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead,
who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what
we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us
the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which
they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather
for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—
that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that
cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that
we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and
that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall
not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863.

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MEMORIAL DEDICATED ON THIS DAY IN 1982

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Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who
served in the
Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
was dedicated in
Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by
thousands of veterans of the conflict. The memorial was a 
simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the
names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict,
arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in
other memorials.

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