Re: On The Trail Of ... Little Bighorn ... CONTACT!

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Posted by Rich on June 09, 1999 at 05:23:55:

In Reply to: On The Trail Of ... Little Bighorn ... This Date In History posted by Rich on May 17, 1999 at 12:05:27:

Camped on the Powder River from June 7 - 11, first solid reports of "hostile" Indians began to come in to the Terry/Custer column, courtesy of Col. Gibbon's Montana column to the west. On June 10, the 7th Cavalry's Major Marcus Reno was sent to reconnoiter the Powder & Tongue River Valleys, with a contingent of the 7th. He was gone for over a week, found little sign and so ventured, contrary to orders, into the Rosebud River Valley.

Meanwhile, the "summer roamers" were continuing their annual exodus from the reservations to join with Sitting Bull's united camp. On the 8th of June, during a Sun Dance ceremony - also on the Rosebud - Sitting Bull experienced the vision that would eventually seal Custer's fate ... "Soldiers falling upside down into camp" ... Imminent Lakota victory was at hand.

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