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Battle of the Little Bighorn (June 25–26, 1876)

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  • Colonel Henry Erastus Noyes (1839 - 1919)
    • West Point Class of 1861. • Participated in the first battle of Bull Run. • Fought at South Mountain Antietam. • Engaged in the Battle of Big Horn and the capt...
  • Captain George Yates, 7th U.S. Cavalry (1843 - 1876)
    George Wilhelmus Mancius Yates (February 26, 1843 – June 25, 1876) was an officer in the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment. He was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Biography Yates w...
  • Chief Sitting Bull (c.1831 - 1890)
    Sitting Bull (Lakota: Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (in Standard Lakota Orthography),[2] also nicknamed Slon-he or "Slow"; (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890) was a Hunkpapa Lak...
  • 1st Lieutenant James Porter, 7th U.S. Cavalry (1847 - 1876)
    ) James Ezekiel Porter (February 2, 1847-June 25, 1876) was one of General Custer's officers killed at the Battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand. James E. Porter was born ...
  • Sergeant Charles Windolph, 7th U.S. Cavalry (1851 - 1950)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Charles Windolph, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on Jun...

Battle of the Little Bighorn

The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand and, by the Native Americans involved, as the Massacre at Greasy Grass, was an armed engagement between combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The battle, which occurred on June 25 and 26, 1876 near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory, was the most prominent action of the Great Sioux War of 1876. It was an overwhelming victory for the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho, led by several major war leaders, including Crazy Horse and Gall, inspired by the visions of Sitting Bull (Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake). The U.S. Seventh Cavalry, including the Custer Battalion, a force of 700 men led by George Armstrong Custer, suffered a severe defeat. Five of the Seventh Cavalry's companies were annihilated; Custer was killed, as were two of his brothers, a nephew, and a brother-in-law. The total U.S. casualty count, including scouts, was 268 dead and 55 injured.

Public response to the Great Sioux War varied at the time. The battle, and Custer's actions in particular, have been studied extensively by historians.

Participants in the Battle

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