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

Medicine Tail Ford

Little Bighorn Battlefield

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
1. Medicine Tail Ford Marker
Inscription.
As soldiers descend Medicine Tail Coulee, the Minniconjou and Cheyenne camps were on the western bank. Archeological evidence supports Indian testimony, that initial fighting took place on the flats near the river to your left and cutbank directly ahead.

The Gray Horse Company (Co. E) and possibly Company F approaches this area. Indian pressure quickly forces these troops to battle ridge. Three Crow scouts who led Custer fired into the village from the bluff (at left) before departing.

I looked behind and saw Custerís command over on the flat and Indians over in the village riding toward the river and waving buffalo hides. The battalion appeared at this time to be falling back from the river.”
- - - Trumpeter Giovanni Martini, Co. H, 7th Cavalry

We hurriedly crossed the river, and some went up and some went down, to get on each side of where the soldiers were intending to come. They (Custer) came to the edge and stopped; then almost in an instant the guns commenced to go, increasing to a roar like thunder . ”
- - - Two Moons, Northern Cheyenne

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 45° 32.963′ N, 107° 24.827′ 
Medicine Tail Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 23, 2015
2. Medicine Tail Ford Marker
W. Marker is in Crow Agency, Montana, in Big Horn County. Marker is on Little Bighorn Battlefield Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deep Coulee (here, next to this marker); Medicine Tail Coulee Ford (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Medicine Tail Coulee (approx. half a mile away); Greasy Grass Ridge (approx. ĺ mile away); Lame White Man Charge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Calhoun Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Calhoun Hill (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crow Agency.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains a picture of soldiers riding into the Indian village. A photograph at the upper left of the marker depicts “Crow Scouts recreate firing into village.”
 
Also see . . .  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 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 210 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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