The Battle of Little Bighorn was fought on June 25, 1876 in Montana. The Serial Set includes an English translation of a narrative account of the battle by Red Horse, a Sioux Chief who participated in the event, with accompanying drawings. In his own words, here is Red Horse:
Five springs ago, I with many Sioux Indians, took down and packed up our tipis and moved from the Cheyenne River to the Rosebud River where we camped a few days; then took down and packed up our lodges and moved to the Little Bighorn River and pitched our lodges with the large camp of Sioux…
I was a Sioux chief in the council lodge. My lodge was pitched in the center of the camp. The day of the attack I and four women were a short distance from the camp digging wild turnips. Suddenly one of the women attracted my attention to a cloud of dust rising a short distance from camp. I soon saw that the soldiers were charging the camp...
The soldiers came on the trail made by the Sioux camp in moving, and crossed the Little Bighorn River above where the Sioux crossed, and attacked the lodges of the Uncpapas, farthest up the river. The women and children ran down the Little Bighorn River a short distance into a ravine. The soldiers set fire to the lodges. All the Sioux men charged the soldiers and drive them in confusion across the Little Bighorn River, which was very rapid , and several soldiers were drowned in it. On a hill the soldiers stopped and the Sioux surrounded them. A Sioux man came and said that a different party of soldiers had all the women and children prisoners. Like a whirlwind the word went around, and the Sioux all heard it and left the soldiers on the hill and went quickly to save the women and children...
To read the full account and view additional drawings, go to:
Annual report of Bureau of Ethnology, 1888-89, Serial Set Digital Collection, 3134 H.misdoc.116, October 1, 1889
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