Battle Of Little Big Horn Essay

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Battle Of Little Big Horn


Five springs ago I, with many Sioux Indians, took down and packed up our tipis and moved
from Cheyenne river to the Rosebud river, where we camped a few days; then took down and
packed up our lodges and moved to the Little Bighorn river and pitched our lodges with the
large camp of Sioux.




The Sioux were camped on the Little Bighorn river as follows: The lodges of the Uncpapas
were pitched highest up the river under a bluff. The Santee lodges were pitched next. The
Oglala's lodges were pitched next. The Brule lodges were pitched next. The Minneconjou
lodges were pitched next. The Sans Arcs' lodges were pitched next. The Blackfeet lodges
were pitched next. The Cheyenne lodges were pitched next. A few Arikara Indians were among
the Sioux (being without lodges of their own). Two-Kettles, among the other Sioux (without
lodges).




I was a Sioux chief in the council lodge. My lodge was pitched in the center of the camp.
The day of the attack I and four women were a short distance from the camp digging wild
turnips. Suddenly one of the women attracted my attention to a cloud of dust rising a
short distance from camp. I soon saw that the soldiers were charging the camp. To the camp
I and the women ran. When I arrived a person told me to hurry to the council lodge. The
soldiers charged so quickly we could not talk (council). We came out of the council lodge
and talked in all directions. The Sioux mount horses, take guns, and go fight the
soldiers. Women and children mount horses and go, meaning to get out of the way.




Among the soldiers was an officer who rode a horse with four white feet. [This officer was
evidently Capt. French, Seventh Cavalry.] The Sioux have for a long time fought many brave
men of different people, but the Sioux say this officer was the bravest man they had ever
fought. I don't know whether this was Gen. Custer or not. Many of the Sioux men that I
hear talking tell me it was. I saw this officer in the fight many times, but did not see
his body. It has been told me that he was killed by a Santee Indian, who took his horse.
This officer wore a large-brimmed hat and a deerskin coat. This officer saved the lives of
many soldiers by turning his horse and covering the retreat. Sioux say this officer was
the bravest man they ever fought. I saw two officers looking alike, both having long
yellowish hair.




Before the attack the Sioux were camped on the Rosebud river. Sioux moved down a river
running into the Little Bighorn river, crossed the Little Bighorn river, and camped on its
west bank.




This day [day of attack] a Sioux man started to go to Red Cloud agency, but when he had
gone a short distance from camp he saw a cloud of dust rising and turned back and said he
thought a herd of buffalo was coming near the village.




The day was hot. In a short time the soldiers charged the camp. [This was Maj. Reno's
battalion of the Seventh Cavalry.] The soldiers came on the trail made by the Sioux camp
in moving, and crossed the Little Bighorn river above where the Sioux crossed, and
attacked the lodges of the Uncpapas, farthest up the river. The women and children ran
down the Little Bighorn river a short distance into a ravine. The soldiers set fire to the
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