ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
June 25, 1876
The Battle of Little Bighorn Begins
On this day in 1876, The Battle of Little Bighorn (aka Custers Last Stand) began in eastern Montana Territory
near what is now Crow Agency, Montana. The battle was fought between the United States 7th Cavalry commanded by
General George Custer and the combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho led by several Native
American war leaders including Crazy Horse.
The battle turned out to be a major defeat of Custer and his men and was one of the most decisive victories for
Native American's in U.S. history. During the battle, General Custer, two of his brothers, a nephew, and a
brother-in-law were killed. Total U.S. deaths were 268.