Little Bighorn Monuments

Little Bighorn Monuments
During the two-day Battle of Little Bighorn on the vast plains of Montana in June 1876, General Custer and 263 of his soldiers and personnel died while fighting several Cheyenne and Lakota Indians, headed by Chief Sitting Bull. Now a national monument headed by the National Park Service, these fields where the battle took place are home to several grave markers including Custer's Last Stand, an Indian Memorial and national cemetery.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Marker

This marker is dedicated to the men of the 7th Cavalry who fought against Chief Sitting Bull and the Indians in the Battle of Little Bighorn. The four-paneled marker lists the names of the soldiers who fought until their deaths, including General Custer. There are 220 soldiers buried around this monument base. It sits on what's called Last Stand Hill, commemorating Custer's Last Stand against the Indians. It's located in the northeast corner of the Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Headstone Markers

These markers are scattered throughout the area of Little Bighorn. They mark the places where soldiers were killed and originally buried. 1881, the remains were excavated and moved to a single burial site on the premises. In 1877, the officers' remains were taken to other burial sites throughout the country. General Custer's remains were excavated and now lie at West Point. Today, the headstone markers still stand where the soldiers fell, including General Custer.

Indian Memorial

The dedication of the "Peace Through Unity" monument was held in 2003, on the 127th anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn. It's located directly northwest of Last Stand Hill and the 7th Cavalry Memorial. The Indian Memorial honors the Native Americans who died in battle while fighting for their culture and land. The monument is a sculpture depicting the Native Americans riding into battle.

Custer National Cemetery

The cemetery is located on the west side of Little Bighorn National Monument. It was established in 1886. There are 4,900 interments and veterans and their spouses have 100 reserved spaces. Some soldiers who died in the Battle of Little Bighorn have been found and are buried with markers in the national cemetery. These don't include those buried where they fell.

Article Written By Christina Martinez

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.

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