Monday, September 3, 2012

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Custer National Cemetery


I know the Battle of Little Bighorn has no historical value in Minnesota history books, or should it?  I have visited the the Lower Sioux Museum site in Minnesota and couldn't stop thinking about the comparison of the Little Bighorn Battlefield and the Indian battle of 1863 against the invasion of Indian lands with the white settlers of Minnesota.  Both wars had been about the Indian treaties being broken by the US Government.    

Little Big Horn Monument

It is roughly estimated between 1,000 to 1,500 Indians fought the U.S. 7th Cavalry on June 25, 1876 here at Little Big Horn.  Based on interviews and officer reports after the battle, it is estimated that only 38 warriors, four children, and six women lost their lives in those two days of battle.

Hill Side of Custer Last Stand

General Custer Last Stand Hill
Lt. General George Armstrong Custer is not buried here with his men.  General Custer and most of his officer's were transferred in 1877 to the West Point Military Academy Cemetery.

Horse Cemetery located behind the hill of Custer Last Stand

Here fell two Cheyenne Indian scouts during the siege of Little Big Horn.  (Left) Limber Bones.  (Right) Closed Hand.

Little Big Horn - Two US Soldiers

Little Big Horn - Three US Soldiers

Three US Indian Scout's who served under General Custer during the battle of Little Big Horn fell here.  (Front) Sgt Bobtail Bull.  (Rear Left) Bloody Knife.  (Rear Right) Little Brave.

Cheyenne Indian scout who lost his life in battle on June 25, 1876, during the battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer National Cemetery

Click Here to View the Official Site For Custer National Cemetery
Officially closed in 1978.  There are approximately 5,000 interments, and 100 reserved spaces for veterans and their spouses.  At this time, Custer National Cemetery is not taking any new burials.

Memorial dedicated to soldiers and civilians who had been killed in action.  Most of the names listed are no longer readable.  The year for most of the names are 1867. 

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