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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

The Battle of the Little Bighorn is one of the most famous battles in American History. Here in the valley of the Little Bighorn River on June 25 and 26 1876, more than 260 soldiers and attached personnel of the U.S. 7th Cavalry met defeat and death at the hands of Lakota and Cheyenne.

In the battle, the 7th Cavalry lost five companies (C, E, F, I, and L) under Custer, about 210 men. Of the other companies of the regiment under Reno and Benteen, 53 men were killed and 52 wounded. The Indians lost at least 60 or more.

The Sioux and Cheyenne scattered, some going north, some going south. Although the Sioux and Cheyennes won the battle that day but subsequently they lost the war against the military's effort to end their independent, nomadic way of life. Most of them returned to the reservation and surrendered in the next few years. Source: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana (National Park Service)

 

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