Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the most storied battles in American history–Little Big Horn.
The Library of Congress’ wonderful archival web site provides a wonderful summary of the happenings on this fateful day:
“As the military stepped up its efforts at removing Indians from lands desired by white settlers, Native American tribes focused their attacks on soldiers. On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and 264 men of the 7th U.S. Cavalry were slaughtered by Teton Dakota/Sioux and Cheyenne along the banks of the Little Bighorn River in southeastern Montana.”
A fuller account, along with links to primary source documents and a map of the conflict, can be found on Library of Congress’ site.
CLP has a number of great books and other items on the Custer’s life and the battle.
Although a brief triumph for the tribes involved, the Battle of Little Big Horn merely marked the beginning of the end of the military resistance of a once mighty people. It makes for stirring reading, and on a day like this, is worth remembering.