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The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part 4)

What do you know about The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part IV)?  Discover this US History Fun Trivia Quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterInterpretations of Custer's fight are conjecture, since none of Custer and his men survive the battle. The accounts of surviving Indians are conflicting and unclear.

1) While the gunfire heard on the bluffs by Reno and Benteen's men is probably from Custer's fight, the soldiers on Reno Hill were unaware of what has happened to Custer until General Terry's arrival. When did General Terry arrive at the battlefield?

  • June 25
  • June 26
  • June 27
  • June 28

2) Custer's force has been engaged by the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne. What is the size of Custer's command?

  • roughly 110 men
  • roughly 210 men
  • roughly 310 men
  • roughly 410 men

3) Custer is found with shots to the left chest and left temple. Either wound would have been fatal, though he appears to have bled from only the chest wound, meaning his head wound may have been delivered post-mortem. He also suffers a wound to the arm. Some Lakota oral histories assert that Custer committed suicide to avoid capture and subsequent torture. The account of Custer's suicide is usually discounted since the wounds are inconsistent with his being known as right-handed.

  • True or False?

4) Several days after the battle, Custer's Crow scout who has left Custer near Medicine Tail Coulee, recounts the battle, reporting that Custer has attacked the village after attempting to cross the river. He is driven back, retreating toward the hill where his body is found.(5) As the scenario seemed compatible with Custer's aggressive style of warfare and with evidence found on the ground, it was the basis of many popular accounts of the battle. Who is Custer's Crow scout?

  • Curley
  • Bald Eagle
  • Charlie Black Water
  • Sam White Cloud

5) Who does Cheyenne oral tradition credit with striking the blow that knocks Custer off his horse before he dies.

  • Red Horse
  • Makes Room
  • Lame Deer
  • Buffalo Calf Road Woman

6) In the 1920s, battlefield investigators discover hundreds of .45�70 shell cases along the ridge line, known today as Nye-Cartwright Ridge, between South Medicine Tail Coulee and the next drainage at North Medicine Tail (also known as Deep Coulee). Historians believe Custer divides his detachment into two (and possibly three) companies, retaining personal command of one while presumably delegating to command the second. Who is believed to command this second unit?

  • Captain George W. White
  • Captain George R. Montgomery
  • Captain Willard W. Gates
  • Captain George W. Yates

7) According to native accounts, the fewest Indian casualties occur in the attack on Last Stand Hill than anywhere else.

  • True or False?

8) By all accounts, how long did the fight between Custer's companies and the Sioux and Cheyenne last?

  • Less than an hour
  • Over an hour
  • About two hours
  • Less than five hours

9) Who does the Lakota assert personally led one of the large groups of warriors who overwhelmed the cavalrymen in a surprise charge from the northeast, causing a breakdown in the command structure and panic among the troops?

  • Sitting Bear
  • Crazy Horse
  • Mustang Man
  • White Fang

10) What is the estimated number of American Indian warriors that Custer and the Seventh Cavalry face at the Battle of the Little Bighorn?

  • 700
  • 1800
  • 3000
  • 4000

11) Of the 31 officers, 566 troopers,15 armed civilians, and 35-40 scouts, how many died in the battle?

  • 168 killed
  • 268 killed
  • 368 killed
  • 468 killed

12) In 1878, the army awards Medals of Honor to participants in the fight on the bluffs for bravery, most for risking their lives to carry water from the river up the hill to the wounded. How many awards are given?

  • 6
  • 12
  • 24
  • 48

Check Your Answers

The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part III) Answers

  1. June 26
  2. roughly 210 men
  3. True
  4. Curley
  5. Buffalo Calf Road Woman
  6. Captain George W. Yates
  7. False. According to native accounts, far more Indian casualties occur in the attack on Last Stand Hill than anywhere else.
  8. Less than an hour
  9. Crazy Horse
  10. 1800
  11. 268 killed
  12. 24

(5) Fox, Richard Allan, Jr., Archaeology, History, and Custer's Last Battle. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993. ISBN 0-8061-2496-2.

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