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139 years ago on June 25th 1876, on this very spot an epic battle was taking place between Lt. Col. George A Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the the tribes of the Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho and Lakota Sioux Indian nations. Custer was sent out to track down the renegade Indians who refused to live on the reservations and return/escort them back. The indians did not want to live on the reservations because they were not being provided food and shelter as promised by the US government. Custer encountered tribes from 3 nations gathered near the Little Bighorn River where the tribes had met to discuss how they were going to handle the white men. A battle ensued in which almost all of Custers men were killed. The final stand, Custers’ Last Stand was on this hill. The tombstones show the places where the soldiers had fallen. All soldiers were buried initially in shallow graves. One year later, Officers were later identified and shipped back home to be buried. The enlisted soldiers were buried in a mass grave at the top of the knoll where Custer made his last stand at the very spot where I am standing when I took this photo. It is a solemn yet peaceful place today, where many who stand on these grounds try to imagine the chaos and fierce battle that took place here 139 years ago.