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Foolish Elk's Story of the Battle, #1
FOOLISH ELK of the Brule band related to me the following account of the battle as he saw it. Because of a minor wound that he had received in the engagement against Crooks [Gen. George Crook] on the Rosebud he was in too weak a condition to take part in the attack on Custer. This is his version:
"I was weak so I sat in the doorway of my lodge and from there I saw all the commotion that was going on in the village. Warriors were hastily leaping on their ponies and riding away. The women also were making hasty motions as they packed their possessions in order to be ready for sudden flight. Warriors, I had never seen so many, all of them were well armed and their ponies were in mettlesome condition. While I was occupied in this manner and expecting at any time to see or hear something momentous happen, I heard gun shots coming from the upper end of the village followed by war whoops. These firearm reports coming from a direction opposite where...
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