On a hot afternoon in late June,
Colonel George Armstrong Custer ignored the advice of his Crow and
Arikara scouts and led his command of the 7th Cavalry into
extinction in a battle against Indian warriors led by Sitting Bull,
Gall, and Crazy Horse, in what the Indians would call "the battle
of the Greasy Grass."
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leader, Sitting Bull, later said that the battle lasted "...no
longer than it takes for a man to eat a meal," but no battle in
history has been more carefully studied and written about. More
than a century later, this is still the most enigmatic encounter
between whites and Indians in the nation's history, and a lasting
symbol of Indian resistance to being vanquished by the white man's
civilization. The picture shown here is a depiction of the
battle by an Indian warrior named Kicking Bear.