This Date in Danish American History - The Battle of the Little Bighorn

  • June 25, 2021
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield - Southeastern Montana

THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIGHORN

Included in the casualties at The Battle of Little Bighorn were six Danes - three were killed, and three survived.

"As I recall Private Christian Madsen (this is NOT the Christian Madsen who was a lawman in Oklahoma in the late 1800's early 1900's), Charles Siemon (blacksmith) and William Teeman (Corporal) died (at Little Bighorn). Christian C. Boisen, Frederik Holmsted and Jan Møller survived, Jan M being wounded. 6 Danes, quite a percentage" - Stig Thornsohn

A&E Television Networks, LLC - The Battle of the Little Bighorn, fought on June 25, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory, pitted federal troops led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer (1839-76) against a band of Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Tensions between the two groups had been rising since the discovery of gold on Native American lands. When a number of tribes missed a federal deadline to move to reservations, the U.S. Army, including Custer and his 7th Cavalry, was dispatched to confront them. Custer was unaware of the number of Indians fighting under the command of Sitting Bull (c.1831-90) at Little Bighorn, and his forces were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed in what became known as Custer’s Last Stand.

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