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Eagle Elk's Story of the Battle #2
EAGLE ELK'S STORY OF THE BATTLE
THE SUN was already high and heat shimmered across the valley as a small scouting party rode into the Hunkpapa camp circle at the south end of the village. They had been out for several days, watching the continued retreat of the Gray Fox and his troops to the south, and so approached the camp from the up-river end. Because of throbbing victory drums in the village, buffalo were scarce in the vicinity. The scouts had been seeking game while they kept an eye on the Gray Fox, but, other than a small band of pronghorn up the valley, they had sighted nothing. Their leader, Eagle Elk, guessed the buffalo herds had been frightened away by soldiers somewhere in the country, but now he was anxious to report to the chiefs and let other scouts take over the futile search for game.
Eagle Elk was an Ogalala and, at twenty-five, a veteran warrior and skillful hunter. His prowess as a scout had earned him the reputation of a top specialist. But even he had little inkling that morning that a column of soldiers was approaching the Little Big Horn from the east.
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