One of the greatest known battles from the plains wars of the 1870's took place today in eastern Montana. George Armstrong Custer met his disastrous fate. This final battle would overshadow his prior achievements.
Custer and all the men with him were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on this date in 1876, fighting against a coalition of Indian tribes in a battle that has come to be popularly known in American history as "Custer's Last Stand."
Custer of course left North Dakota intact from the confines of Ft. Lincoln. The news of the battle and the losses reached Bismarck a few days later. Captain Marsh of the Far West riverboat brought the wounded from Captain Reno's unit. It remains the fastest transit of the Missouri River from the confluence of the Yellowstone to Bismarck.