The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part
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Interpretations 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.
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
- 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.
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?
11) Of the 31 officers, 566
troopers,15 armed civilians, and 35-40 scouts, how many died in
- 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