Crow Agency in Big Horn County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Reno’s Valley Fight
Little Bighorn Battleﬁeld
After fording the Little Bighorn River one mile to your left, Reno’s battalion gallops down the valley below. Convinced he is vastly outnumbered, Reno dismounts, and forms a skirmish line across the valley floor, firing into the lodges.
Warriors in great numbers rush forward to defend the village. Outflanked, Reno retreats into the timber. Sitting Bull directs surprised noncombatants to flee to the north and west.
“The very earth seemed to grow Indians and they were running towards me.”
“They were fighting in regular Indian style, riding up and down, some few on foot and some few on the hills to the left passing around and coming in on our rear, filling the whole space in our rear, a mile or two, with scattered Indians riding about.”
“The soldiers had crossed the river and were coming toward the camp . . . there were not many soldiers, and I knew they would be beaten because there were many Sioux and Cheyenne.”
“I heard the alarm but I did not believe it. I thought it was a false alarm. I did not think it possible that any white men would attack us, so strong as we were.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 45° 31.555′ N, 107° 23.016′ 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. Reno’s Retreat (here, next to this marker); Custer’s Advance (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.
Also see . . . The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. (Submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
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