Medicine Tail Coulee - Little Bighorn National Battlefield - Crow Agency, MT
Posted by: gparkes
N 45° 32.684 W 107° 24.310
13T E 312241 N 5046280
Quick Description: This is a Historical Marker located in Little Bighorn National Battlefield . A series of markers are located throughout the park to give a good understanding of battle movements and history.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 7/16/2009 7:21:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM6T62
Medicine Tail Coulee
After leaving Cedar Coulee, Custer descends toward the Little Bighorn River in the ravine ahead known as Medicine Tail Coulee. Custer probably again divides his command, three companies likely ascend to the higher ridges beyond.
Two companies approach the river along Medicine Tail Coulee. Near here Custer sends back a message for Captain Benteen to “be quick.” Most warriors are still engaged with Reno in the valley, yet some are aware of Custer’s advance.
“On reaching Medicine Tail Creek, (Custer) halted his command and here the men rearranged their saddles... he rode to an officer who seemed to be in command of one of the troops and gave him an order. Immediately the troop turned its direction toward the Little Bighorn. Custer with the remainder of his command continued going northward, his trail about 1 ½ miles from the river.”
Curley, Crow Scout
“From across the river I could hear the music of the bugle and could see the column of soldiers turn to the left to march down to the river where the attack was to be made. All I could see was the warriors of my people. They rushed like the wind through the village…”
Mrs. Spotted Horn Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota