20150524FBCAM [Memorial Day Weekend]
Every Montanan knows, or should know, the story of Custer’s Last Stand. The Battle of the Little Bighorn took place 200 miles West of Baker. Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer was ordered to help get Sioux and Cheyenne Indians onto their new reservations. He led a battalion of 700 men attached to the 7th Cavalry. At the end of the day, Custer, his two brothers, a brother-in-law, a nephew, and 260 other men were dead. Historians have debated for years the causes of the massive defeat, but it really boils down to one thing: Custer and his men were not prepared.
1) He had been offered the use of Gatling guns, but declined, saying that they would slow his command.
2) He believed that 800 Indian warriors were in the area. The actual number is unknown, but conservative estimates start at 1,500 to 2,500 and range up to 5,000.
3) He was warned about the size of the Indian village they were approaching. A Crow scout said it was the largest village he had ever seen. But Custer was worried about the Indians scattering in small bands and having to chase them all down.
4) Custer had broken his battalion up into three companies—as a result, his men were widely scattered and unable to help one another. His company, the largest of the three, was completely wiped out.
Hindsight is always 20/20 of course, but it is evident that Custer was not as prepared for battle as he thought that he was. He thought that he could handle anything.
Christians today are, by and large, far worse prepared than Custer was for the battles that we face. We live in a time of a gathering storm, with our culture rapidly abandoning the Christian roots that are at the foundation. Are we ready to fight? Do we know how to fight this war? Do we even know that we are in a war? The first step in our preparation for battle is to realize that… Continue reading