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

Memorial Markers

Little Bighorn Battlefield

 
 
Memorial Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
1. Memorial Markers Marker
Inscription.
Following the battle, the Lakota and Cheyenne removed their dead and buried them in lodges, scaffolds, and the hillsides. Surviving members of the 7th Cavalry hastily buried the soldiers, Indian Scouts, and civilians on June 28, 1876.

In 1877, most officers’ remains were exhumed and reinterred in eastern cemeteries. Lt. Col. Custer’s partial remains were reburied at West Point, New York. In 1881, Lt. Charles Roe erected a granite memorial shaft and reburied the remaining 7th Cavalry dead in a mass grave around its base.

In 1890, the army placed 249 headstone markers across the battlefield in an attempt to show where Custer’s men had fallen.

Total 7th Cavalry Casualties:
• Custer Battalion: 210
• Reno-Benteen Battalions: 53

Lakota and Cheyenne Casualties:
• 40-100 (estimated losses)

“ . . . A trench was dug, into which were gathered all remains of those who fell in that fight, including those who were with Reno . . . and deeply buried at the foot of the monument . . . It’s center is within six feet of the spot upon which were found Gen. Custer’s remains.”
- - - Lt. Charles Roe, 2nd Cavalry, 1881

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 45° 34.217′ 
Memorial Markers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
2. Memorial Markers Marker
N, 107° 25.641′ W. Marker is in Crow Agency, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker is on Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on Last Stand Hill on the Little Bighorn 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. Last Stand Hill, June 25, 1876 (here, next to this marker); Companies C & E (a few steps from this marker); Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 1984 Archeological Survey (within shouting distance of this marker); Peace Through Unity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Little Bighorn Indian Memorial (about 300 feet away); Wooden Leg Hill (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Crow Agency.
 
More about this marker. A map at the lower left of the marker indicated 7th Cavalry Sites on Last Stand Hill, June 25, 1876.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. (Submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Markers on Last Stand Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
3. Markers on Last Stand Hill
Two markers can be seen at this location. The Memorial Markers marker is the one on the right.
Last Stand Hill Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
4. Last Stand Hill Memorial
This memorial marks a mass grave containing the remains of those who died during the battle. It is located next to the marker.
Memorial Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
5. Memorial Markers
These markers are for those men from the 7th Cavalry who died on Last Stand Hill. Custer's marker can be seen in the center.
Memorial Marker of Lt. Col. Custer image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
6. Memorial Marker of Lt. Col. Custer
Memorial Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
7. Memorial Markers
The memorial markers are located all across the battlefield, not just near the marker on Last Stand Hill.
Memorial Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
8. Memorial Markers
In addition to the soldiers, markers were erected for civilians and Indian scouts who died with the 7th Cavalry.
Custer's Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
9. Custer's Grave
The remains of George A. Custer now lie in the cemetery at the West Point Military Academy.
7th Cavalry Officer Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2011
10. 7th Cavalry Officer Grave
The remains of officers of the 7th Cavalry were moved to eastern cemeteries in 1777. This is the grave of Lt. Benjamin H. Hodgson in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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