The Battle of Little Bighorn
June 25, 1876
Who vs. Who?
(Led By Sitting Bull)
United States 7th Cavalry
(Led By George A. Custer)
The Custer Battlefield as it exists today.
Gen. Custer, hot on his heels after winning several battles
gathered his 700 men and launched an attack against the
Lakota Indians, in Little Bighorn, MT.
What Custer didn’t know…
2,000 Indians were waiting for him.
How it breaks down…
Custer splits his Cavalry to
make them appear
… bad choice.
Custer, outnumbered by 1,300 – his forces cut in half – was
…actually, it was a massacre. The Indian forces captured what would be
their greatest victory in the Great Sioux War (1876-1877).
Back in “the day,” many
Americans viewed Custer as a
martyr, or war hero, as opposed
to a cocky general who got his
entire troop killed.
Most paintings of the era reflect
The Battle By Numbers…
2,000 Warriors (est.)
566 Troops, 31