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  • BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN  information about survivors (yes there were survivors) and details of the battle. This battle has been my favorite data collection over the years, have every book possible. I went to grade school in Wyola, just south of the battle.
  • I am going to make a link from this site to the Big Horn County site with many more details for your research.


Custer. Established July 4, 1877. Located on the bluff above the confluence of the Big Horn and Little Big Horn rivers. Intended to control the Sioux and other Indians of the area. Established by Lieu¬≠tenant Colonel George P. Buell, 11th U.S. Infantry. Originally called Big Horn Post or Big Horn Barracks, it was officially designated Fort Custer on November 8, 1877. Named for Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer,  custerpic     7th U.S. Cavalry, killed in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
(from friends of the Little Big Horn Battle)  List of Indian and Cavalry survivors.posted soon.                                                                                                   

 Still living in the Yellowstone area, Absaloka tribal young men were hired as scouts for the U.S.  army-they would not fighthe "ba-eshta-she-lay"(meaning not Indian, (yellow eyes black) A black frontierwsman Jim Beckourth, who lived with them for many years in the 1830’s In 1876, the Siouxs, Cheyennes andArapahoes, with reservation and territory troubles of their own, swarmed into Absaloka land, and  some of the finest of Absalokas' young men were contacted by the cavalry and many volunteered and six became scouts for General Custer. They rodewith him and his companies but not to their death.      They were released just before battle time, the only Indian to die with Custer was the  part-blood Sioux interpreter, MitchBoyer. Because the Indian tactic  of fighting/ allowed some enemy to survive and return to tell the battle story, Absalokas   returned, telling the story.(source: “A Worthy Work in a Needy time. (The Montana Industrial School for Indians (Bonds’s Mission for Indians, 1886-1897. Margery Pease. (a Crow)Pages created  September 4, 2011



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