National Geographic : 1944 Jul
© National Geographic Society Painting by W. Langdon Kihn Crafty Sioux Mass for Attack as General George Custer Marches to His Fate on the Little Bighorn Here the artist portrays the scene in the Indian camp just before "Custer's Last Stand," on June 25, 1876. Mr. Kihn went over the battlefield with One Bull (Plate XVI), nephew of Sitting Bull, the Sioux chief who prayed to the gods during the fight. Dashing cavalier Custer had divided his 655men into three battalions. Two of these, under Reno and Benteen, were several miles away. The Indians, numbering more than 2,500 and led byGall and Crazy Horse, surrounded and anni hilated Custer's small force, shown here approaching the Sioux rendezvous.