BATTLE OF THE GREASY GRASS FOUGHT 140 YEARS AGO TODAY
Crow Agency, Montana (JFK+50) A century and forty years ago today, June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, a young hero for the Union Army in the Civil War, met defeat on the banks of the Little Big Horn River in Montana.
Custer and 215 soldiers of the 7th U.S. Cavalry were part of an army sent out to force all "hostile" Plains Indians back onto their reservations.
According to the National Park Service, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes had joined together in the "well-watered region of the Powder, Rosebud, Big Horn and Yellowstone Rivers" which was also "a productive hunting ground."
Lt. Col. Custer misjudged the size of the Indian village he found at the Little Big Horn and ordered a division of his forces. Custer's own group of 215 men then attacked the center the village estimated to hold more than 10,000 Indians including 3000 armed warriors under Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.
Roughly 40 to 50 of the US Army troopers managed to struggle to survive on top of "Custer's Hill," but their stand was brief. There were no survivors except a horse named Comanche who was found with more than 30 arrow wounds in his body. He was taken back to the fort and nursed back to health.
The Lakota Sioux interpretation of the conflict, which they called "The Battle of the Greasy Grass," can be seen in 42 ledger drawings made in 1881 by Red Horse, one of the warriors who participated in the battle.
These drawings can be seen using the following link...
"The Battle of the Greasy Grass 140 Years Later: The Complete Story in 18 Drawings," www.indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/
"Little Big Horn Battlefield, Battle of the Little Big Horn," National Park Service, www.nps.gov/