This morning we headed east on I-90 to visit some important historical sites relating to the battle on June 25, 1876, between the allied Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors and the U. S. Seventh Cavalry led by George Armstrong Custer.
Our first stop was at Garryowen to visit the Custer Battlefield Museum, where we watched a film about the battle and events that led to the conflict. It houses a great many of David F. Barry’s photographs, as well as other important artifacts. I was sorry that taking photos was strictly forbidden. (www.custermuseum.org)
Several miles farther east, we visited the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (a.k.a. Custer’s Last Stand). (www.nps.gov/libi) First, we sat on the grass under a tree to eat our lunches. The grass felt cool in spite of the midday heat. Then we went into the visitor center to watch a film about the battle. Barb bought a CD for a self-guided auto tour narrated by archeologist Richard Fox. The tour includes the Custer Battlefield and the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. The narration conforms to the wayside exhibits.
There is a fine collection of Custer's clothing and personal items which his widow wanted to give to the American public. These included his tailed waist jacket which he wore as a cadet at West Point, his blue velvet battle jacket and forage cap and his white buckskin blouse and trousers.
The Custer National Cemetery contains burials that are historic to Northern Plains events as well as burial of veterans and dependents from 1879 to the present.
At Custer Hill we viewed the Cavalry Monument, erected in 1881. The remains of about 220 soldiers, scouts and civilians are buried around the base of the memorial. White marble headstones scattered over the battlefield denote where their bodies were found and originally buried. In 1881 they were re-interred in a single grave on this site. The officers' remains were removed in 1877 to various cemeteries. General Custer was buried at West Point.
Across the road from the Cavalry Monument is the Indian Memorial, which was dedicated on June 25, 2003. I was especially impressed with the Indian Memorial.
On our way home we stopped at Custer Battlefield Trading Post to get cold drinks. The heat had sapped our energy! While we were resting, Barb called our RV park to reserve two more nights for us because there are several more places of interest which we want to visit. Alas, we could get only one more night.
Back in Billings, we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner again. We had their turkey and dressing special. Yum! For the rest of the evening and until the wee hours of the morning, I was on the computer. I uploaded and edited my photos of the day but, when I tried to upload some to my trip journal page, I was not successful.
I gave up on that for the time being and then checked my T-Mobile account. They STILL have not credited me with the 363-minute balance which I had on the day that I lost my phone! This time I told the rep that I would report them to the Better Business Bureau if they didn’t give me back my minutes! The rep said that he could credit only $20 per day and that I would have to contact them again tomorrow to have the rest of the balance credited. I told him that I am traveling and don’t have Internet access every day. He then promised to credit the rest without my having to contact them again. We’ll see if it actually happens this time.