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Tall Bull's Story of the Battle
A Northern Cheyenne's account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

From an interview with George Bird Grinnell in 1898. Note

Cheyenne warrior Tall BullALL THE TROOPS came down Reno Creek till they reached a small stream running in from the north; there Custer left and went around to the east. Reno went on, down to Little Sheep Creek [Little Big Horn River], crossed and charged into the upper Sioux village. The people all ran out and the troops set the village on fire.

All the lower village people heard this and rushed up to where the soldiers were. Back of the village that was fired, was a high hill, and the Indians all ran up on it and then charged down on the soldiers, who retreated into the timber. They did not stop there, but ran right through it and out on the other side. I was present there and tried to cross the river. As the troops were crossing the river, the Indians kept killing them right along. When the soldiers had all crossed the stream, news came to the Indians from down the creek, that more soldiers were coming, and all turned back. They did not persue [sic] the soldiers after they had crossed. All rushed back on the west side of the camp, down to a small dry run that comes in from the east, and there, down close to the river, were the soldiers. The Indians all crossed and they fought there. For quite a long time the troops stood their ground right there; then they began to back off, fighting all the time, for quite a distance, working up the hill, until they got pretty close to where the monument now is, and then the soldiers turned and rushed to the top of the hill. There they killed them all.

The horses -- a good many -- all ran down toward the stream northwest, and the people got about them and ran them off. A few soldiers started to run directly down toward Little Sheep Creek, but the Indians killed them all before they got there. The horse I was riding had seven balls in him and dropped dead under me just before I got to the [area of the present] monument. Six Cheyennes were killed in the fight, but a good many Sioux.

Lakota and Cheyenne: Indian Views of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877 by Jerome A. Greene, University of Oklahoma Press 1994, p 52 - 53


NOTE: Tall Bull was Lame White Man's brother-in-law.

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