Phil Konstantin's 2003 Vacation Through Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana

Page 2003 - L

Little Bighorn Battlefield to Crow Agency, Montana

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There are two sections to the Little Bighorn Battlefield. They are the Custer Battlefield, and the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. Most people do not know it, but, a few miles of land between these two areas are private property.

"This area was occupied by Troops A, B, D, G, H, K, and M.
7th U.S. Cavalry, and the pack train when they were besieged by the Sioux Indians June 25th and 26th, 1876." This is in the Reno-Benteen Battlefield section of the park.

The "Timber Fight" area...

Benteen's men dug this shallow trench on June 26th to provide themselves some protection from Indian sharpshooters.

Benteen's men went down this ravine to get some water from the Little Bighorn river below.

Marker is for Sans Arc Lakota Cankuhanska (Long Road).
Since 1999, this is one of the three markers placed where Indian warriors fell during the fighting. Long Road made it to within a few yards of Benteen's men before he was killed. The coins are part of some of the "offerings" that Indians have left. This is a custom I saw at many monuments to American Indians.

Click here to see a website about the dedication of this marker.

The small white markers across the battlefields are where the soldiers fell.

The Seventh Cavalry Memorial on "Last Stand Hill."
This is the obelisk you saw in the first photo. The Indian Memorial is in the background.

This is the area where Custer, and those people with him, died. You can see the Vistor's Center in the Background.

Custer's remains were reburied at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Captain Thomas Ward Custer (George's younger brother)
was the only soldier in the Civil War to receive the Medal of Honor twice for separate actions. He was therefore the highest-decorated soldier of the Civil War. Only 18 other men have received the Medal of Honor twice. And I bet you had never heard of him. He lived in his more flamboyant brother's shadow most of his live.

To the best of my knowledge, prior to 1999, there were no significant markers for any of the people who fought against the Army on the Little Big Horn.

This is a picture of the monument to the Indians who participated in the battle at the Little Big Horn. It had not opened, yet. It was officially dedicated on June 25, 2003 (about a month after I visited)

Click here to see a website about the dedication of the memorial

A close up of some of the metal work at the Indian monument.

Click here to visit a website which describes the construction of this monument.

This is located in Crow Agency, Montana. I gave them a copy of my book, too. After leaving here, I went back into Wyoming.

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