Little Bighorn BattlefieldFrom the Crow's Nest, a vantage point 14 miles away in the Wolf Mountains, Custer's Crow and Arikara scouts saw evidence of the massive Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho encampment. Convinced that he was discovered, Custer abandoned plans for a reconnaissance and a delayed attack. He divides his forces into four groups along Reno Creek deciding to strike the village before it could scatter. As Custer's battalions approach the Little Bighorn Valley, he orders Major Marcus Reno with approximately 175 soldiers and scouts to cross the river and charge. Custer, with approximately 225 soldiers and scouts, veered to the northwest and appear on the ridge to your left for their first view of the village. "Major Reno's battalion marched down a valley that developed into the south branch of a small tributary to the Little Bighorn . . . the Indian trail followed the meanderings of this valley. Custer's column followed Reno's closely, bearing to the right and rear. The pack train followed their trail. Benteen's battalion was ordered to the left and front."
|Placed By||National Park Service|
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|Date Added||Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 313854 N 5044147|
|Decimal Degrees||45.52598333, -107.38371667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 45° 31.559', W 107° 23.023'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||45° 31' 33.54" N, 107° 23' 1.38" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Garryowen MT 59031, US|
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