It was from Ft. Lincoln, on May
1876, that Custer and the 7th Cavalry left for their date with
on the Little Bighorn River in Montana. The fort has
a lot of restoration and is a pleasure to visit.
I have been to Ft. Lincoln many times. I live in Pierre,
my parents live in Minot, ND. I pass through Bismarck
we go up to visit. I decided to pay the fort a visit on
4, 2005. It was a perfect day (98 degrees with a wind of
mph). Oh well, this was going to be fun anyway. I
and went into the bookstore first. I always do this
They have a great selection of Custer and Plains Indian War
books. I picked up a DVD (The Western Edge) and a copy
Richard G. Hardorff's THE CUSTER BATTLE CASUALTIES, II.
I took a stroll down to the barracks and did some snooping
there. I basically walked the perimeter of the
fort. I then
drove up the hill to the infantry post. Here the view is
spectacular. Bismarck can be seen to the east and the
Missouri River is laid out before you. I drove back down
and took in the Custer House tour. My tour guide was a
school girl dressed like a laundress. I felt sorry for
her in the
heat but she said she was used to it. When you tour the
they basically take you "back in time" to 1875. They
talk as if
the Custer family still lives there but are simply away at the
moment. I don't recall the guide's name but she was
She knew a lot about the "fun facts" of the Custer clan --
liked to slide down the banister of the staircase. Ft.
does a very good job of training their tour guides.
tour, someone else in the group asked where she went to
She replied she was only a junior in high school and was only
Sundays since school had started. She did a damn good
During the tour, she would ask questions of the guests and
them. I highly recommend this tour.