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

Deep Ravine

Little Bighorn Battlefield

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
1. Deep Ravine Marker
Inscription.
Deep Ravine (Crazy Horse Gully & Grey Horse Ravine) was the scene of fierce fighting during the battle. Crazy Horse, and other Sioux and Cheyenne warriors crossed the Little Bighorn River (in front of you) and rode up the ravine during the attack against Lt. Col. George A. Custer’s Battalion. Toward the end of the battle, approximately 40 soldiers broke out from Last Stand Hill, and were killed here, and on adjacent ridges. Warrior accounts indicate that a Sioux, was also killed during the fighting and a Northern Cheyenne mortally wounded (they were recovered by their families). Approximately 28 soldiers, (mostly from Company E) were found in a large heap near the head of the ravine, and others at 15 yard intervals below.

Army accounts indicate that the soldiers in the ravine were buried where they fell. Historical evidence suggests that the soldiers in the ravine were overlooked during the reburial in the mass grave on Last Stand Hill in 1881.

Attempts in 1984, 1985, and 1989 to locate the remains of the missing soldiers using modern archeological techniques and equipment failed. However, in 1995 and 1996 a Rapid Geophysical Surveyor Investigation indicated soil anomalies and metal, detected throughout the ravine, especially in the upper two-thirds area near the headwall (below you). Perhaps future archeological investigations
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
2. Deep Ravine Marker
and techniques may one-day solve the mystery of the missing 7th Cavalrymen.

In the gully men were lying on top of each other. I could see where they ran down one side and tried to scramble up the other.”
- Trumpeter William G. Hardy,
Co. A, 7th Cavalry

In the ravine I found most of the troop, (Co. E) who had used the upper sides for a kind of breastwork, falling to the bottom as they were shot down . . . In burying the men the stench was so great . . . so we had to pile large chunks of earth upon them broken off from the sides of the ravine . . . ”
- Major Thomas M. McDougal, Company B, 7th Cavalry May 19, 1919

Several of these 28 men of Company E were shot in the back. From the position they were hit it was very easy for the Indians to crawl up behind them . . . and kill them.”
- Lieutenant Luther R. Hare, Co. K, 7th Cavalry

Crazy Horse went to the extreme north end of the camp and the turned to his right and went up another very deep ravine (Deep Ravine) and by following it . . . he came very close to the soldiers side (Capt. Keogh’s Command) . . ”
- Chief Gall, Hunkpapa Lakota, June 25, 1886

Soldiers came on foot and tried to fight through us into a deep gully, and this was the last
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
3. Deep Ravine Marker
of the fight and the men were killed in this gully
.”
- Tall Bull, Northern Cheyenne

“ . . . there was a Sioux in the deep gully with the 28 soldiers first [we] thought he was with the soldiers, but we later found he . . . followed the soldiers closely.”
Medicine Man, Oglala Lakota 1912

 
Location. 45° 33.913′ N, 107° 25.809′ W. Marker is in Crow Agency, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of the Deep Ravine Trail that starts near the Visitor Center. 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. Bear Paw Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cheyenne Warrior Markers (approx. 0.3 miles away); National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Keogh – Crazy Horse Fight (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bear Paw Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Here We Remember the Fallen (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Deep Ravine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Last Stand Hill, June 25, 1876 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crow Agency.
 
More about this marker.
Deep Ravine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
4. Deep Ravine Marker
The background of the maker features a scene of the batting in the Deep Ravine.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. (Submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
Soldier Graves in the Deep Ravine image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
5. Soldier Graves in the Deep Ravine
These stones mark the location where a soldier of the 7th Cavalry fell during the fighting in the Deep Ravine.
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
6. Where Lt. Sturgis Fell
While most of the markers along the Deep Ravine trail are for unknown soldiers, some are identified, such as this one for Lt. James G. Sturgis.
Lakota Warrior Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
7. Lakota Warrior Marker
Along with the markers for the soldiers who died in the Deep Ravine,this marker indicates where Minnikojou Lakota warrior, Wasicu Saoa, fell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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