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Friday, June 19

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The Battle of the Little Bighorn (also known as Custer’s Last Stand, or the Battle of Greasy Grass Creek) took place on June 25-26, 1876, during the Great Sioux War of 1876-77. General George Custer led 700 U.S. troops into defeat (with more than 250 casualties) at the hands of about 900 Native American warriors, led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.  If you'd like to learn more, you can read an eyewitness history of the battle and use the resources provided below.

Memorial Day at the Custer National Cemetery at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was a unique adventure!  Veterans and family members come to visit, and to place wreaths beside headstones of their ancestors who were scouts for the Calvary during the Indian Wars.  While there are almost 4,300 grave sites, this is not the true number buried here.  At one point, bodies were simply stacked for burial, and the entire stack would make only one site.

There is a monument the top of Last Stand Hill, where the remains of all the soldiers are in a mass grave.  The names of the known soldiers are listed.  General Custer, however, is buried at West Point.  The remains of  the 7th Calvary horses were moved to a mass grave in 1881.
Can you imagine?

Standing on the battlefield, and looking out across the plains, you have to wonder what exactly was going through Custer’s mind – the Calvary was up against thousands of warriors!  Below are some of the bows and arrows that Sitting Bull and his warriors used.
The warriors are commemorated in a marker, but are not buried here.  They were given tribal burials.  However, within the cemetery, you will find the graves of Pretty Medicine Pipe her husband White Man Runs Him.

Custer & Little Bighorn Unit
Lori is a Georgia Peach transplanted to the Southeastern corner of Montana. She shares about faith, family and homemaking at Frog's Lilypad.
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