Medora in Billings County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Yellowstone Expedition of 1876, organized to suppress the hostile Sioux, marched from Fort Abraham Lincoln May 17, 1876. The Expedition camped at the junction of Davis Creek and the Little Missouri River, four miles south of Medora on May 29 and 30, 1876.
The camp site is historically significant having been occupied by Sully in 1864, Whistler in 1871, Stanley in 1872 and 1873, and Crook in 1876. Near this camp and to the north of it Sully fought the Indians in the summer of 1864.
After scouting up the river the preceding day in search of Indians, Custerís troops left this camp on the morning of May 31, 1876. They proceeded in a westerly direction, passed to the north of Flat Top Butte, and entered Montana near Beach, North Dakota.
The Custer Trail extends to the banks of the Little Big Horn River in Montana. There on June 25, 1876, Custer and a portion of the 7th Cavalry were annihilated by hostile Indians many of whom had fought against Sully in the Medora vicinity in 1864.
Location. 46° 54.792′ N, 103° 31.501′ W. Marker is in Medora, North Dakota, in Billings County. Marker is at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west on Pacific Avenue. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Medora Depot & Railroad (here, next to this marker); Hunting and Trapping (here, next to this marker); Margaret Roberts (within shouting distance of this marker); Medora Education (within shouting distance of this marker); Medora Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Roberts Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The President Returns (about 300 feet away); Stockmens State Bank (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medora.
More about this marker. Marker is a large, somewhat weathered, "western-style" wooden billboard
Also see . . . The US Army and the Sioux.
On June 25, 1876, less than a month after passing through the badlands adjacent to todayís Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Custer was killed alongside 262 of his troops at the Battle of Little Bighorn. A crushing and embarrassing defeat for the Army, it was the last major victory for Plains Indian people against the U.S. Army. Following the disaster at Little Bighorn, the various bands that had gathered there split up. The United States, responding to public outcry, was re-energized to bring an end to decades of conflict. For his part, Sitting Bull escaped to Canada and held out until his surrender on July 19, 1881. (Submitted on December 15, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.