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Battle of Little Bighorn: 17 – Custer Enters the Black Hills

On July 25, 1874, Custer and his troop reached the Black Hills. The beauty that surrounded them was unbelievable. Wild flowers were so abundant...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 16 – Rattlesnakes, Jackrabbits, and Sioux Oh My!

Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer With his golden locks cut short and sporting a new mustache in the style of the day, that covered his...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 15 – To the Black Hills

Custer had stretched the truth just a mite when he penned that the Black Hills were “a region of country as yet unseen by...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 14 – Custer and the Black Hills Expedition, 1874

July 2, 1874 would be the departure date for the expedition into the Black Hills to leave Fort Abraham Lincoln, located just east of...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 13 – Grant and Sheridan Instigate Sioux War

General Phil Sheridan In the spring of 1874 General Sheridan, with full military and political backing, decided to “send a column of troops into the...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 12 – Westerners Demand Sioux be Confined

President Grant and his advisors wanted, and needed, to do something about the situation the United States found itself in, in 1873. One solution...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 11 – Disasters in the White World, 1873

Since the end of the American Civil War the United States had experienced what seemed to be a permanent economical boom. Then, disaster struck...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 10 – The Black Hills and The Treaty of 1868

One of the oldest mountain ranges in the world is the Black Hills of present-day South Dakota. They rise up in the middle of...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 09 – The Treaty of 1868

Fort Laramie In April of 1868 the members of the peace commission again returned to Fort Laramie. In their possession was a new treaty. This...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 08 – Peace Commissions and Massacres

On July 20, 1867, Congress passed a bill authorizing a new commission to make peace, or at least to make an attempt, with the...