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The Battle of Rosebud Creek
June 17th, 1876
game design by Michael Taylor
George Armstrong Custer and The Little Bighorn fight have long overshadowed the Battle of the Rosebud. Preceding the Little Bighorn by a week, the outcome of this battle directly influenced what happened to Custer and the 7th US Cavalry.
General George Crook was given command of the southern column of the Bighorn Campaign. With Gibbon's column coming in from the west and the Terry/Custer column from the northeast, the campaign's objective was to trap the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne and forcibly return them back to their reservation. Tactically the battle was inconclusive. Casualties on both sides were relatively low, and in the end Crook held the field. But strategically the Rosebud fight was a great victory for the Sioux and Cheyenne. Crook expended a huge amount of ammunition; most soldiers were down to 10 or fewer rounds each. Many horses were killed, injured or worn out. Because of these reasons Crook decided to withdraw his command back to his base camp, effectively taking his column out of the campaign. Had Crook been able to continue operations he could have linked up with Custer's column, adding his infantry and cavalry to the 7th Cavalry. Custer's last stand would have, in all probability, never have occurred.
Great Sioux War battle
Posted by Sean OBrien on Nov 1st 2022
The Rosebud was a battle I only recently became aware of after reading a history of the Plains Indian Wars. The chapter on the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877 told the story of this lesser-known victory for the Sioux and their Cheyenne allies under Crazy Horse. This game does an excellent job of showing the situation facing both General Crook and Crazy Horse.
The components, as with Adobe Walls is outstanding and on par with GMT. The rule book is also laid out well and easily understood, especially for anyone familiar with this type of game.
A well-made game well worth the price.
Posted by Ray Kelly on Jan 22nd 2022
Nice map, counter art excellent, game system very good, rule book clear and concise, charts and aids excellent, enclosed zip lock baggies for counter storage first-rate, but overall counter quality is substandard. The counters are very thick but fray on the edges and the backside errors (dismounted cavalry that is corrected by a stick on additional layer) really cheapens the overall product. Fix the counters and this game rates as excellent.
Posted by Scott Gudmundson on May 31st 2019
Great game with a topic not covered much in wargaming. Traditional hex and counter, nice job Legion!