I just came back from a trip out west. We stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana on June 20th.
The weather the day I was there was clear with very little breeze. According to Indian accounts, the weather 138 YEARS AGO TODAY was very similar. As I stood looking over the rolling hills, watching the grass sway ever so slightly, I could almost imagine the chaos; the desperation; the panic that the 7th Cavalry troopers had to feel as thousands of warriors closed in on them.
According to one account passed down through generations, a warrior watched as a 7th Cavalry trooper dismounted his horse at Little Bighorn and shot the horse in the head so he could use the dead horse as cover. The warrior said it was an act by a man who already knew he would never see the sunset.
White markers are used to mark the locations where 7th Cavalry troops fell on June 25th, 1876. They are scattered over miles of grassland with the bulk of them being on or near a hilltop known as Little Bighorn.