CUSTER’S LAST STAND AT THE BATTLE OF LITTLE BIGHORN
I had no idea what to expect when we planned this trip. Reading about historical battleground sites led me to believe we would walk up to a big open field and just stand there, staring out into the vast openness, feeling uninspired. For me, this place offered more. Observing history outside of a book is incredibly fascinating for me and I love sharing that excitement with my family.
The Battle of Little Bighorn took place in June of 1876 and was part of The Sioux War of 1876. During this two day battle, a force of 700 men lead by Lt. Col. George A. Custer suffered a defeat to the Native Americans. Including Custer, a total of 263 U.S. Army lives were lost. Ultimately, the United States prevailed against the Native Americans who were shuffled to reservations, forever changing their way of life.
We spent a lot of time at the battlefield. We paid our respects at Custer National Cemetery, toured the museum, and listened to the park rangers recount the battle of the U.S. Army versus Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.
My favorite part of the visit was walking and driving the trails around the battleground. Unique to the Battle of Little Bighorn are the numerous markers all over the battlefield that were placed where a soldier or Native American had fallen. The presence of these markers brings life back into this battlefield. We hiked various trails around the battlefield and at one point I turned back to look up at Custer Hill. I remember feeling as though I could see in my mind’s eye the last of Custer and his men running from the Native American warriors up to the top of the hill where they all perished exhibitedby the packed collection of markers. This beautiful, rolling grassland is an amazing tribute and reminder to all who perished here and to those who lost more than just life.
One day on the anniversary of the battle, I plan to come back and watch the reenactment of this historic battle.
While visiting Custer’s Last Stand, we stayed at 7th Ranch RV Camp. And wow, was this place perfect. Not only was it a fantastic location, but you can see from the moment you get there that they take pride in their operation. They provide several amenities including 70 feet or more pull through sites, clean bathroom facilities, and free wifi and more. Another bonus, is 7th Ranch RV Camp provides private tours of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Remember to stock up your pantry and fridge before heading here. Cookouts and picnics are how we dined during our stay except for the one stop at a sandwich shop during a gas up!
This part of the country is incredibly beautiful. Montana is known as “Big Sky Country.” Which holds true here as you can see for miles and miles. If you find yourself on IH90 in Montana, make sure to take a couple of nights to stop here to enjoy the tranquil and serene beauty this slice of Montana has to offer. God Bless =)