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  2011 Montana Mayhem III - still going strong

2009 Montana Mayhem II - The madness continues


2007 Montana Mayhem Tour 


2005 Little Big Horn Associates Conference

My Visit to Fort Lincoln

Gravesites of the 7th Cavalry - South Dakota
 


Little Big Horn Battlefield Webcams -- Last Stand Hill and Deep Ravine/Cemetery
Cameras are courtesy of the LBHA and Friends of Little Big Horn Battlefield



I have long had a fascination with the Indian Wars of the great plains during the late 19th century.  From Red Cloud's War to Wounded Knee, I have done much reading and studying.  My main interest is in the Battle of the Little Big Horn.  Also known as Custer's Last Stand, this is an interesting phase in the history of the United States.  More has been written about the Battle of the Little Big Horn than any other battle with the exception of Gettysburg.  Every year new books come out that take another viewpoint of what happened that Sunday in June, 1876.
 
I have visited the Little Big Horn Battlefield on several occasions.  The first was in 1999 and the second was for the 125th anniversary in 2001.  Other trips have followed and I have enjoyed each and every one.  It's an interesting place and I highly recommend a stop there if you happen to be in the area.  The battlefield itself is located about 70 miles east of Billings, MT or 75 miles north of Sheridan, WY.  The nearby town of Hardin celebrates Little Big Horn Days every year during the week of the battle.  Make sure you take in one of the two re-enactments, or better yet, both.  The city of Hardin puts on a re-enactment west of town in a large grandstand setting.  There is also another re-enactment on the Real Bird property which is at Medicine Tail Coulee, right on the battlefield itself.
 
If you have the desire to learn more about the Battle of the Little Big Horn, let me recommend the following books...
CUSTER'S LUCK by Edgar I. Stewart
LAKOTA NOON by Greg Michno 
CUSTER IN '76:WALTER CAMP'S NOTES ON THE CUSTER FIGHT by Kenneth Hammer (editor) and Walter Camp - actually ANYTHING related to the Camp notes is worth reading.
WHERE CUSTER FELL by James Brust, Brian C. Pohanka, and Sandy Barnard - features awesome before/after photos of the battlefield.
TERRIBLE GLORY by James Donovan - the best overview of the battle and the events leading up to it.
George Armstrong Custer also wrote a book about his experiences on the plains (before Little Big Horn, of course).  The book is still in print today and is entitled MY LIFE ON THE PLAINS.  Not to be outdone, Custer's wife Libbie wrote three great books about their life and adventures together: BOOTS AND SADDLES, FOLLOWING THE GUIDON, and TENTING ON THE PLAINS.  Her books were all written after her husband's death and offer a great insight into the lives of officers in the 19th century army.
 
I am also a member of two great organizations that are dedicated to the study of Custer, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and the Plains Indian Wars in general.  These would be the CBHMA (Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association) and the LBHA (Little Big Horn Associates).  I can personally vouch for both these organizations and you would do well to join either or both if you have an interest in this aspect of US history.  Both produce regular publications and provide many benefits to their membership.
 
Please check out my photo pages of my trips to the Little Big Horn Battlefield --  1999 Trip -- 2001 Trip .  Click on the thumbnails on each page to get a larger view.  If you want to save them for your own private use, feel free.  If you would like to use any of them on a website, etc., please email me first.  I really don't have a problem with it but would like a link to the page where you are using the photo. 
 
You can keep tabs with what's going on at the battlefield by taking a look at the Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument's webcams.  They can be viewed here and here.  It's located atop the visitor's center and is aimed at Last Stand Hill.  It provides a view of the 7th Calvary monument along with some of the markers.  White marble markers are strewn across the battlefield indicating where the soldiers fell.  Custer and many of his men were found at Last Stand Hill.  Their markers are located within the fence that is visible through the webcam.  Recently, red markers have been placed to show where warriors were known to have fallen.  It was the custom of the Sioux and other plains tribes to remove their fallen warrior's bodies after a fight.  Therefore, it is difficult to pinpoint the locations where they fell in battle.
 
For a list of casualties from the Battle of the Little Big Horn, click here.
 
In 2002, Jim Thompson and group of broadcasters re-enacted the Battle of the Little Big Horn on radio.  What if radio had been around in 1876?  What if war correspondents travelled with Custer and reported on the battle as it happened?  For an interesting perspective on what it may have been like, you can listen to an archived copy of this broadcast.  Click here to listen.
 
Below are some links to other places on the Web dealing with Custer, the Indian Wars, etc.
 
Little Big Horn History Alliance -- Little Big Horn Associates -- Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association -- Ft. Abraham Lincoln Foundation
 
Custer Battlefield Museum -- George Custer Homepage -- Friends of the Little Big Horn Battlefield 
 
Ft. Phil Kearny/Bozeman Trail Association  --  Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument


I love talking Custer and the history of the Plains Indian Wars.  Drop me an email!
 
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