Favorite thing: When visiting the monument, it is important to understand the memorial marble headstone markers that will be spread out along the driving and walking trails. You will see two colors, red and white. After the battle the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians collected their dead, placed them in tepees and on scaffolds along hillsides in a traditional manner. The bodies of Custer and his men were quickly buried in shallow graves at or near where they fell. Later these bodies were moved to other burial grounds. In 1890 the Army placed 249 white markers across the battlefield to show where Custer’s men had fallen. Then in 1999 The National Park Service began placing marble markers through out the Memorial to show where all known men fell, the 7th Calvary and other personnel working with the Calvary, as well as the Indians that fought against them. White is still the color marking Custer’s men. The red granite markers were placed at sites where known Lakota and Cheyenne warriors had died, while fighting to save their traditional way of life. These markers help you to understand the death toll from this historic battle.
Favorite thing: Visit Custer's FORMER gravesite on the hilltop beyond the visitor center. Custer's remains were disinterred within the year and transferred at his family's request for re-burial at West Point in 1877
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