Littlebit out of the way Little Bighorn

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
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Trip End Sep 08, 2010


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Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, September 3, 2010

Leaving our hotel this morning we had a 1 hour drive to the battlefield. However we stopped at a museum about 2 miles before. We were able to view some artifacts at the museum and watch a 45 min film about the battle.  The movie covered details as to whether Custer could have won if Reno and Benteen had acted upon orders differently.    

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves the site of the June 25, 1876, Battle of the Little Bighorn, near Crow Agency, Montana. It also serves as a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and a combined Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force. Custer National Cemetery, on the battlefield, is part of the national monument. The site of a related military action led by Marcus Reno and Frederrick Benteen is also part of the national monument, but is about three miles southeast of the Little Bighorn battlefield

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indians last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25, 1876, 263 soldiers and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer, died fighting several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.

It was incredible to see all the markers sitting on the spots where warriors and Army men and horses alike had fallen and died.  These markers where everywhere along the 5 mile road through history.  The scenery along the road was incredible.  The Big Horn River winding through and around the battlefield glittered in the sun.  The prairie grasses where green and yellow as they swayed to the flow of the wind.

It was hard to view envision the tragic loss of lives for America on both sides of the war.  The area today is very peaceful and serene.

Leaving the Battlefield of the Little Big Horn we headed for the local Trading Post to see what kind of souvenirs they may have to offer and a quick bite to eat for lunch.  While waiting for our food I looked over the maps and we decided to take the north gate entrance into Yellowstone Nation Park.  If we drove there as soon as we finished our lunch it would be getting late in the day so we decided to go as far as Livingston, MT and spend the night.  Then tomorrow we can get an early start into the National Park.

God Bless all the people who have needlessly lost their lives in battles.  As well as pray for peace in the hearts of all Americans.  And Bless all my friends and blog readers.
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