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Battle of the Little Bighorn
Twenty-five years after The Battle of the Little Bighorn, which occurred June 25, 1876, frontier photographer L.A. Huffman posed Cheyenne Chief Two Moon on the hill overlooking the burial site. Two Moon, elderly and nearly blind when this photo was taken, had participated in the battle. In the foreground, just to the left of Two Moon, you can see the white headstones that were placed to mark the location where each man fell during the battle.
Some History of The Battle of Little Bighorn – Around 1874, gold was discovered in the Black Hills and white prospectors began to migrate into the region to pan the gold. The Native Americans, led by Chief Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Chief Gall, believed the Black Hills to be sacred and attacked the white prospectors. This began U.S. Army expeditions against the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians since they had not reported to their respective reservations. Then, the tribes began to move into the Montana territory where General Custer and the 7th Calvary pursued them.
Against advice from the scouts and others, Custer ordered an attack on the Lakota and Cheyenne Indian’s camp without waiting for infantry and other support to arrive. Custer had estimated that there would be about 1,000 warriors in the camp, and believed they would be no match for his 647 well-trained men. When Custer and his men arrived there were some 2,500 to 5,000 Lakota and Cheyenne Warriors. It was the largest hostile camp in western history. None of Custer’s men survived. The U.S. Army retaliated quickly and the warriors split up. Crazy Horse was captured.
In 1890, there was an attempt to apprehend Chief Sitting Bull. He put up a struggle and was killed. That same year the last major battle at Wounded Knee occurred. We know this battle as the Wounded Knee Massacre. That event ended the war between white men and the Northern Plains Indians.