Custer National Battlefield — From the Archives

In June 1986, Atlanta Journal & Constitution writer Ron Martz and I traveled to Montana for a 110th anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn, a fight that took place on June 25, 1876 in what is now known as Custer National Battlefield Monument.    On this solemn occasion the remains of thirty-six  7th Cavalry soldiers led by General George Armstrong Custer, were reburied in one flag-draped coffin.   The pallbearers were member of the 7th Cavalry, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.   On a hot day in June 1876, Custer led his troops into an unwinnable situation, leaving 225 soldiers dead, including, Custer.  Numbers vary widely, but the cavalry was up against a force of Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapahoe that numbered between 2,500 and 20,000.  On hand this day in 1986 were Native American descendants of those who fought in the famous battle.   It was again a warm summer day, but a peaceful one this time. 

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