​Custer Abandoned

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by
Frederick J. Gientke, PE

Chapter 5
BRIGADIER GENERAL TERRY AND  C​​USTER RIDE TO THE LITTLE BIG HORN
As described in Chapter 5, Brigadier General Terry and his 931-soldier brigade departed in mid-May, 1876 from Fort  Lincoln (refer to map below). Lt.Col. Custer and the 7th Cavalry were attached to this brigade as it headed  west to the Yellowstone River to locate the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne. The passage west would be uneventful until it reached Rosebud Creek. At this location, Terry dispatched the 7th Cavalry up the Rosebud and the results were disastrous for Custer and several hundred soldiers. Custer's four blunders, as described in the book, contributed to this outcome.
As the sign describes, Custer's and his 7th Cavalry camped at this location on their first night. Rosebud Creek flows to the right among the low chapperal in the fmiddle distance below the low bluffs..