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Battle of The Rosebud

In August 2008 I visited the Rosebud Battlefield. The battlefield is preserved at the Rosebud Battlefield State Park in Big Horn County, Montana. It is desolate and at times not very well marked. Fortunately I had my laptop with me and used it's mapping capabilities to ease my worries about finding the site. Some of the road surfaces are not paved and I suggest having a full tank of gas, something to drink, and snacks.

The battlefield had no trash or other debris on it it and the grounds were mowed short. The markers pictured at the bottom of the page are not in very good shape and portions of them could not be read. I've included the photos anyway since I've seen very few photos of them published. Actually I've seen very few photos of the Rosebud Battlefield posted on the web.

Here is a very brief rundown of the battle: Approximately 1,500 Indian Warriors, primarily Sioux and Cheyenne, attacked a large force of US Army Infantry and US Army Indian Scouts about 8:30 am on June 17, 1876. The US Army forces also had over one thousand men. The US Army Indian Scouts fought fiercely and engaged the Indian Warriors first, giving General George Crook time to set his defences. The running battle lasted about six hours with the Indian Warriors finally leaving the battlefield. Both sides had about the same size loses. The battle seemed to be a draw, but I consider it a victory for the Indian Warriors for two reasons. Number one: It proved to the Plains Indians that they could engage a large US Army force without getting defeated. Number two: General George Crook left the battlefield and did not join up with the nearby US 7th Cavalry at the Battle of The Little Big Horn, ensuring an Indian victory there.

 The sign at the entrance.

The historic marker.

A closer shot of the historic marker.

The brass plaque on the historic marker.

The battlefield behind the historic marker.

The opposite side of the battlefield.

The display explains how Indians used the terrain to kill buffalo by driving them off a cliff. Horses were not part of the Indian culture at the time.

The display explains how different Indian tribes came into possession of the territory.

The display lists the principal players in the battle and the weapons used.

The display shows a map of the battlefield and gives a short account of the battle.


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