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The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part 1)

The Battle of the Little Bighorn - also known as Custer's Last Stand, and, in the parlance of the relevant American Indians, the Battle of Greasy Grass Creek, was an armed engagement between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United States Army.  It occurred on June 25 and June 26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory, near what is now Crow Agency, Montana.

What do you know about The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part I)
Discover this US History Made Easy Trivia quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

The Battle of thr LIttle Big Horn1) In 1875, Sitting Bull creates an alliance between the Lakota and the Cheyenne, a semi-religious festival where young men are transformed into warriors.
What is the name of the alliance?

  • Half-moon Walk
  • Dances with Hawks
  • Sun Dance
  • The Ton Taka Way

2) One had taken place around June 5, 1876, on the Rosebud River in Montana, involving Agency American Indians who have slipped away from their reservations to join the non-agency. During the event, Sitting Bull reportedly has a vision of "soldiers falling into his camp like grasshoppers from the sky."

  • True or False?

3) At the same time, military officials have a summer campaign underway to force the Lakota and Cheyenne back to their reservations, using infantry and cavalry in a three-pronged approach:
Who commands the Montana force of six companies (A, B, E, H, I, and K) of the 7th Infantry and four companies (F, G, H, and L) of the 2nd Cavalry?

  • Col. John Gibbson
  • Col. Mark Reynolds
  • Col. Ira Hayes
  • Col. Morgan Johnson

4) The Wyoming column is ten companies (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, L, and M) of the 3rd Cavalry, five (A, B, D, E, and I) of the 2nd Cavalry, two companies (D and F) of the 4th Infantry, and three companies (C, G, and H) of the 9th Infantry.
Who commands the Wyoming column?

  • Brig. General Thomas Sheridan
  • Brig. General Matt Sherman
  • Brig. General George Crook
  • Brig General Thomas Arnold

5) Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer's column, including twelve companies (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, and M) of the 7th Cavalry, Companies C and G of the 17th U.S. Infantry, and the Gatling gun detachment of the 20th Infantry departed westward from Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory on May 17.

  • True or False?

6) On June 22, the 7th Cavalry, composed of 31 officers and 566 enlisted men under Custer, begin a reconnaissance and pursuit along the Rosebud, with the prerogative to "depart" from orders upon seeing "sufficient reason."

  • True or False?

7) On the evening of June 24, Custer's scouts arrive at an overlook, 14 miles east of the Little Bighorn River.
What is the name of the overlook?

  • Captain's Mast
  • Kingdom Peak
  • Crazy Horse's Nest
  • Crow's Nest

8) At sunrise on June 25, Custer's scouts report they can see a massive pony herd and signs of the American Indians village roughly 15 miles in the distance. After a night's march, the tired officer sent with the scouts could see neither, and when Custer joins them, he is also unable to make the sighting. Custer's scouts also spot the regimental cooking fires that can be seen from 10 miles away, disclosing the regiment's position.

  • True or False?

9) Custer does not know, the group of American Indians seen on his trail are actually leaving the encampment on the Big Horn and do not alert the village.

  • True or False?

10) Custer's scouts warn him about the size of the village, with scout reportedly saying, "General, I have been with these Indians for 30 years, and this is the largest village I have ever heard of."(1)
Who said this to Custer?

  • Mitch Bouyer
  • Charles Varnum
  • Charley Reynolds
  • Bloody Knife

Check Your Answers

(1) Macnab, David B., A Day to Remember: Introducing the Drama, Irony, and Controversies of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, iUniverse, 2003, p. 45, based on Abstract of the Official Record of Proceedings of the Reno Court of Inquiry, 35.


The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part 1) [Answers]

  1. Sun Dance
  2. True
  3. Col. John Gibbson
  4. Brig. General George Crook
  5. False. Brig. Gen. Alfred Terry's column, including twelve companies (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L, and M) of the 7th Cavalry under Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer's immediate command, Companies C and G of the 17th U.S. Infantry, and the Gatling gun detachment of the 20th Infantry departed westward from Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory on May 17.
  6. True
  7. Crow's Nest
  8. True
  9. True
  10. Mitch Bouyer
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