Little Big Horn national battlefield

Post a picture or Youtube of something interesting, no peaches or muffins please.

Moderator: dromia

Forum rules
If your post is vaguely 'Not Work Safe' please include NWS in the Subject field.
Post Reply
Message
Author
User avatar
rufrdr
Posts: 520
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:38 am
Location: Willow Spring North Carolina
Contact:

Little Big Horn national battlefield

#1 Post by rufrdr »

On my my western trip last September we stopped and visited the site of Custer's defeat at the battle of the Little Big Horn or the Greasy Grass as the Indians called it. There are several recent excellent works on the battle as well as a couple of archeological studies of relics found when the grass burned off in the 80s. Firearms recovered after the battle were matched with cartridge cases found during the study.

Unlike what many people envision, Custer's part of the battle was a running fight and the 'last stand' was the culmination. Along the retreat route it is evident by the markers where several times a stand was attempted, only to be overrun by the native foe. Only Reno/Benteen managed to hold out using better terrain and less enemy forces.

The cavalry lost to superior numbers, overwhelming volume of fire, and loss of mobility. It is a sobering sight to see the sweep of the battle field and imagine the desperation and building panic in the troopers as they experienced something that they hadn't seen before: a foe in superior numbers that stood and fought.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Last stand hill
Image

"Everybody dies...the thing is, to die well"

Jack Harper
User avatar
rufrdr
Posts: 520
Joined: Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:38 am
Location: Willow Spring North Carolina
Contact:

Re: Little Big Horn national battlefield

#2 Post by rufrdr »

A few more...
Image
Image
Image
Image

As the frontier forts closed down the graves were relocated to this cemetery at the Little Big Horn battlefield. Some of the markers are so worn as to be unreadable. There are a good number of Indian Scouts, too many dependent wives and children, and some Medal of Honor holders. The wives and especially the children are heartbreaking to read. There are incredible stories told on few words on some of the markers such as the beloved NCO killed in action and his marker paid for by his men and the 2LT who died rescuing a party of civilians under attack by Indians.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
https://www.cmohs.org/recipients/john-haddoo
Image

"Everybody dies...the thing is, to die well"

Jack Harper
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests