I-90 Frontage Road, Crow Agency, MT

(406) 638-2621

Status: Historic Battlefield



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On June 25-26, 1876 the 7th Calvary Regiment of the United States Army fought the combined army of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Native America tribes. It was the most significant battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

It is also known as the Battle of the Greasy Grass and Custer’s Last Stand.

It took place on the Crow Indian Reservation.

The US Army was there under invitation of the Crow Chief Blackfoot. They were bound by treaty with the Crow Nation to repel the invaders who had entered Crow land without permission. Most of the battles of the Great Sioux War took place on lands Native American tribes had invaded and seized from other tribes.

The battle resulted in an overwhelming victory by the Lakota, Arapaho and Cheyenne forces.

The 700 members of the US Calvary Regiment suffered 268 dead and 55 suffering severe wounds. Lt Col George Armstrong Custer – who led the regiment – was killed in the battle as were 2 of his brothers, a nephew and a brother-in-law.

5 of the 12 companies in the regiment were completely annihilated.

The bodies of the 50-100 Native Americans who died in the battle were removed by their families, however, the bodies of the US soldiers were mutilated and left in the rot on the prairie.

Immediately following the battle the widow of Custer, Libby, worked hard to make sure her husband was remembered as a hero and died bravely.

The modern day site has monuments both for the American and Native American soldiers who fell. There is also a cemetery – including a black stone showing where Custer fell – for the American dead and another for the horses of the cavalry who died in the battle.


Paranormal Activity

The Crow people called the superintendent of the monument the “ghost herder” as they believed when he lowered the US flag at dusk the dead walked the earth and they laid back to rest at dawn when the flag was once again raised.

The author Charles Kuhlman – who wrote the book Legend Into History – claims to have been visited by the spirit of Custer and to have communed with the dead at the battle site. His book has an incredibly detailed story of the battle, so it certainly is possible.

Many other people have had contact with the ghosts of the battlefield and have given facts they could not possibly have known beforehand. One lady even called from Canada stating she had a dream and could name a Native American warrior and the US soldier he killed.

There are multiple accounts of time slips where people were suddenly transported back to the time of the battle. This experience has been so vivid for some people they suffered anxiety and panic attacks as well as forms of PTSD.

The apparitions of soldiers on both sides are frequently seen on the battlefield.

Sudden cold spots – and the feeling that someone just passed through you – are reported quite often with the cemetery being the most common spot for these experiences.

Disembodied voices are heard ranging from soft whispers to yells and screams. Phantom sounds of the battle are also frequently reported.

One band of Native American warriors who entered the battle near the end dressed in full war paint are still seen galloping toward the battle site. They are thought to be the “suicide boys” who gave their lives to save their people.

Inside the Stone House – which was built in 1894 as the superintendent’s house – which is now the White Swan Memorial library many people have had paranormal experiences including: shadow figures; unexplained noises; disembodied voices; lights turning on and off on their own; doors unlocking and locking on their own; phantom footsteps and feelings of being watched.

The house was used for the storage of bodies awaiting internment in the cemetery.