Watch American Experience Online. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument - Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Custer's Last Stand. On this page we will show you the different parts of the battlefield in the order the battle progressed.
This is not a complete picture of everything but, at least, it gives you a good perspective of what happened and where. All photos © Bob Reece unless otherwise noted. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. The Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876 In late 1875, Sioux and Cheyenne Indians defiantly left their reservations, outraged over the continued intrusions of whites into their sacred lands in the Black Hills.
They gathered in Montana with the great warrior Sitting Bull to fight for their lands. The following spring, two victories over the US Cavalry emboldened them to fight on in the summer of 1876. To force the large Indian army back to the reservations, the Army dispatched three columns to attack in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Custer's Last Stand . American Experience . WGBH.