Thursday, June 28, 2012

Little Bighorn Battlefield

A very few shots from the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (it used to be called the Custer Battlefield National Monument; its name was changed under the first President Bush). One cool thing about this country: its bones are the same, and they're close to the surface. You can easily identify the terrain from the pictures and graphics, and you can see how things unfolded. The pictures show green grass and flowers, while this summer is hot and dry, but the land is the same. There used to be thorn bushes everywhere, but they burned off in the late 1980s, allowing archaeologists access to the land. That's how we know where the combatants fell...

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Warning about snakes - we didn't see one.


The marker on Last Stand Hill, and the one where Custer fell

Last Stand hill

Custer marker

One of the markers for the warriors, and part of the big memorial for the Cheyenne, Sioux, Arickara, and Crow who fought here - the flowers were left last weekend at the anniversary. I really like the way you can see the land through the sculpture

Indian marker

memorial wall and flowers

memorial sculpture

This is looking down to the Little Bighorn, where the Sioux and Cheyenne camp was - Reno and his detachment's survivors scrambled up this coulee retreating from the first part of the battle

looking down to the Little Bighorn

Much of the battlefield is privately owned - the owner permits you to drive on the paved road between the main site (Last Stand Hill) and the Reno site. Here are some horses grazing where the battle raged.

horses on the battlefield

horses on the battlefield

This is Medicine Trail coulee, where another part of the battle was fought, before Custer retreated to his last stand

Medicine Trail Coulee

And here's the graphic - compare it with the photo:

Medicine Trail Coulee graphic

Part of the battlefield, with markers.

This quote adorns the walls of the visitor center. wowasake kin slolyapo wowahwala he e Hehaka Sapa - Know the power that is peace - Black Elk

on the visitor center wall: wowasake kin slolyapo wowahwala he e Hehaka Sapa - Know the power that is peace - Black Elk

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At 10:14 AM, July 02, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Did you know?

1. That Custer reportedly graduated last in his class at West Point? (Guess it's a wonder he survived the Civil War).

2. Black Elk appeared on "The Dick Cavett Show" (we're old enough to have seen the program), and the book "Black Elk Speaks" was quite a best-seller?

At 10:12 AM, July 30, 2012 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

They say you can tell a lot about the writer by whether they say "Colonel Custer, General Custer" or "Lieutenant Colonel Custer".

I read Black Elk Speaks in college.


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