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Crow Agency in Big Horn County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Custerís Advance

Little Bighorn Battlefield

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
1. Custerís Advance Marker
Inscription.
From the Crowís Nest, a vantage point 14 miles away in the Wolf Mountains, Custerís Crow and Arikara scouts saw evidence of the massive Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho encampment. Convinced that he was discovered, Custer abandoned plans for a reconnaissance and a delayed attack. He divides his forces into four groups along Reno Creek deciding to strike the village before it could scatter. As Custerís battalions approach the Little Bighorn Valley, he orders Major Marcus Reno with approximately 175 soldiers and scouts to cross the river and charge. Custer, with approximately 225 soldiers and scouts, veered to the northwest and appear on the ridge to your left for their first view of the village.

Major Renoís battalion marched down a valley that developed into the south branch of a small tributary to the Little Bighorn . . . the Indian trail followed the meanderings of this valley. Custerís column followed Renoís closely, bearing to the right and rear. The pack train followed their trail. Benteenís battalion was ordered to the left and front.”
- Lt. Edward Godfrey, Co. K, 7th Cavalry

I saw a cloud of dust rise beyond a ridge of bluffs in the east. The morning was hot and sultry. Several of us Indian girls looked towards camp and saw a warrior ride swiftly, shouting that soldiers
Custerís Advance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
2. Custerís Advance Marker
were only a few miles away, and that the women and children, including old men, should run for the hills in the opposite direction
.”
- Moving Robe Woman, Hunkpapa Lakota

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 45° 31.557′ N, 107° 23.023′ W. Marker is in Crow Agency, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker is on Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the Little Bighorn Battlefield, near the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Crow Agency MT 59022, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Renoís Valley Fight (a few steps from this marker); Renoís Retreat (a few steps from this marker); Timber Fight (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Retreat Crossing (about 400 feet away); Reno's Skirmish Line - Warrior Counterattack (about 400 feet away); Lone Tipi (about 400 feet away); Crow's Nest (about 400 feet away); The Reno-Benteen Defense (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Crow Agency.
 
More about this marker. The background of he marker features a picture of the landscape and indicates the advance of Custer, Benteen and Reno.
 
Also see . . .
Marker on the Little Bighorn Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
3. Marker on the Little Bighorn Battlefield
 The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. (Submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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