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Battle of Little Bighorn: 27 – The Black Hills: Not For Sale!

The miners continued to pour into the Black Hills. The Army did little, if nothing, to stem this flood of gold seekers. Freight to the...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 26 – Crazy Horse and More Reasons to Hate Whites

“They neither occupy nor make use of the Black Hills, nor are they willing that others should.” These are George Armstrong Custer’s words....

Battle of Little Bighorn: 25 – Crook to the Hills, the Sioux to Washington

While General George Crook patrolled the Black Hills in the summer of 1875, he met with a large group of miners. He encouraged them...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 24 – At Home With the Custers

Though the winter of 1874-75 was long and cold ,George and Libbie Custer managed to stay warm and cozy in their home at Fort...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 23 – Black Hills Gold Reaffirmed

With the beginning of spring in 1875, the debate as to whether Custer’s gold discovery in the Black Hills amounted to anything or not...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 22 – Prospectors in the Black Hills

Prospectors, frontiersmen, and the like seemed to consider that the gold strike in the Black Hills made the Treaty of 1868 null and void....

Battle of Little Bighorn: 21 – Gold in Black Hills!

Custer knew that the initial gold find in the Black Hills was not spectacular but still announced to the Bismarck Tribune that “The reports...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 20 – News of the Day and Ancient Announcements

That the natives of the land had possessed and utilized the Black Hills was proven true by none other than George Armstrong Custer. A...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 19 – Custer’s Gold

Fort Abraham Lincoln On August 30th, Custer returned home to Fort Abraham Lincoln, riding at the head of his troops that marched into the fort...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 18 – Lonesome Charley’s Dangerous Ride, 1874

Charley Reynolds Charley Reynolds, the scout with the baby face, didn’t smoke. He rarely drank, and girls made him blush. But the Indians knew a...