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Battle of Little Bighorn: 37 – Who Will Be President, Now or In Future?

1875, a Presidential election year, was the year George and Libbie Custer made a trip to New York. George had numerous friends there who...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 36 – Scandal and More Scandal

The first Mrs. William Belknap and the second Mrs. William Belknap had been the “vivacious, and extravagant” Tomlinson sisters. They were two Kentucky belles...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 35 – Scandal in the Grant Administration

The summer of 1875, Custer spent quietly with his wife, Libbie, at Fort Abraham Lincoln. Libbie Custer Surly a man with Custer’s vim and vigor must...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 34 – You All Come Back Now, To the Reservation

The order, addressed to the Powder River Indians, for all Sioux to be on the reservations by January 31, 1876 arrived at Red Cloud...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 33 – The Grant Administration Takes A Giant Step

President Grant attempts to find a breech made by the Sioux in the 1868 Treaty in order to justify taking the Black Hills away...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 32 – 1874: A Bloody Year on the Plains

By 1874, the Cheyenne living on the reservation in Oklahoma were starving. They could have helped provide for themselves by hunting but the Army...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 31 – Oh, Those Dishonest Agents!

Throughout the period of 1874-75 there was not only considerable contention among different Sioux fractions, but also with the Sioux, namely Red Cloud and...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 30 – The Black Hills: To Sell, or Not to...

The pressure being put on the Sioux to sell the Black Hills was causing a political split among them. This split narrowed down to...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 29 – Sioux Ask $70 Million For Black Hills Sale

Spotted Tail and Red Cloud surely seemed like sell-outs to many of the other Sioux, but these two leaders had the experience of years....

Battle of Little Bighorn: 28 – Little Big Man Speaks Up

Senator Allison and his commission arrived in Sioux country on September 4, 1873. For the following month the commission tried to wrangle a deal...