Custer's Last Stand took place on June 26th in 1876 at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana. Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army engaged in a battle against the combines forces of the Lakota, Arapaho, and the Northern Cheyenne, who were led by Sitting Bull and Chief Gall. Custer regiment of the 7th Cavalry went into the battle with about 625 men. Based on scouts and Indian agents info, they were told there was about 800 hostiles in the area. Custer always stood by that the US Army and their firepower could never lose a fight to an Indian offensive and surely not to a offensive of 800 men. Problem was the info was way off as many historians have concluded that the Indian offensive that Custer ran into was.... 1,500 to 2,500 men. As Custer went to cross Medicine Tail to engage into battle, he was surprised by an attack by a larger army of Indians which now included more Sioux Indians who had just won a battle nearby and were coming over to help. He was quickly forced to turn around and retreat to Last Stand Hill as the Indians continued to decimated Custers men all the way there. As the men hit the Hill, they went on the defensive and dealt the Indians the most of their casualties. But within an hour the Indians swarmed and surrounded the tired and wounded cavalry and wiped out Custer and everyone of his men, which included Custers two brothers, his nephew and brother in law. From archaeological digs, it is known most of Custer's men had their legs, arms and heads cut off by the Indians. There's still a debate whether Custer made horrible strategic moves like breaking his 7th Cavalry into 3 smaller bands which weakened his force and using an outdated V formation attack. But some are saying now that Custer was a smart general but was in trouble from the get go because of US Army cutbacks that affected his regiment. Custer's men had single shot rifles that had to be reloaded. Custer had no idea that the Indians had over 100 Winchester rifles that could be fired 16 before having to be reloaded. Custer also had a lot of boys in his cavalry, boys that were under age for U.S. military service. General Custer bottom right with dog. Last Stand Hill, today. Animal and human bones still left over from two years later in 1888. More remains. Archeologists today finding more bones and artifacts A US Army revolver used in the battle. The men's belt buckles, bullets, coins, cannon primers, etc. Trumpets, cups, etc, from the battle field. More Artifacts found from the battlefield. US Riffle from the battle. Comanche, the only US Army survivor from the Battle of Little Bighorn. Comanche was the horse of Captain Miles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry. He was Captain Keogh's horse in a battle in Kansas a couple years earlier and took an arrow to his hindquarters but still carried Keogh throughout the whole battle. At the Battle of Little Bighorn he again carried Keogh into battle. Comanche was shot 7 times and speared(You can see some of the scars above). He was shot four times to his back foreshoulder, once to his hoof and once to each of his hind legs. Comanche was found in a ravine a day later where he "crawled down to, to die and be eaten by the crows". Sergeant Milton DeLacey and his men found Comanche, raised him up and cared for him removing the bullets and tending to the wounds. He was brought back to fort Meade where he was cared for and treated "like a prince". He died years later at the age of 29 of Colic and is one of only two horses to be given a military funeral by the U.S. I salute you, Comanche.