26 June 1876, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or Battle of the Greasy Grass to the Lakota, finally ended after the death of Lt Colonel George Armstrong Custer on the previous day and the attacks on Benteen’s and Reno’s position ceased with the confederation of Lakota, Cherokee and Arapaho leaving the area.
“Directly below us the placid river wound in great loops between fine groves of trees in a broad valley bottom. On our side the valley was enclosed by the bluffs on which we stood, although to our right the bluffs became a ridge, running away for a couple of miles into the hazy distance. From the bluffs to the river the ground fell pretty steeply, but from the crest of the long ridge the slope was much more gentle, a few hundred yards of hillside down to the river with a few gullies and dry courses here and there. It’s like any other hillside, very peaceful and quite pretty, all clothed in pale yellow grass like thin short wheat, with a few bright flowers and thistles. All ordinary enough, but I suppose there are a few old Indians now who think of it now as others may think of Waterloo or Hastings or Bannockburn. They call it the Greasy Grass.” (George MacDonald Fraser: “Flashman and the Redskins”)
|Charles Marion Russell (1864 - 1926): "The Custer Fight" (1903)|
|W.H. Illingworth's (1842 - 1893) photograph of the wagon train of Custer's 1873 Black Hills Expedition passing through Castle Creek Valley|
|Oglala veteran of the Greasy Grass Chief Matȟó Wanáȟtake's (Kicking Bear, 1846 - 1904) recollection of Custer's Last Stand (1898)|
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