Crow Agency in Big Horn County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Little Bighorn Battleﬁeld
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.”
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 45° 34.217′ Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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 Sites • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.