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Short Bull's Story of the Battle
THE FIRST message we got that Custer was coming to fight us was early in the summer. A small band of Indians coming from North Dakota came in and told about an encounter with Custer. One of this band cited for great bravery in that encounter was named Long Elk [Note: R. Eli Paul says these were apparently the Yanktons under Inkpaduta.]
After they joined us we left that place and moved over onto the next river, The Rosebud. Here the Cheyennes joined us. They came north past Ft. Laramie. What they reported was that a lot of soldiers were massing at Ft. Laramie and that Crook had enlisted a lot of Crows and Shoshones and was coming up North to capture all the Sioux. So it wasn't long until we had a fight with Crook on the Rosebud and pushed him back. The Crows, Shoshones, and Crook together made up a strong force. In the Rosebud fight the soldiers first got the Sioux and the Cheyenne on the run. Crazy Horse, Bad Heart Bull, Black Deer, Kicking Bear and Good Weasel rallied the Sioux, turned the charge and got the soldiers on the run. Good Weasel was a kind of lieutenant for Crazy Horse, he was always with him. When these five commenced to rally their men, that was as far as the soldiers got.
Crook moved back to Goose Creek after the fight. If he had got word to Custer, he could have told him that there were a lot of us Sioux. But he didn't get word to him.
Crazy Horse used good judgment in this Rosebud fight.
The Nebraska Indian Wars Reader edited by R. Eli Paul, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE 1998, p 202 - 208
Short Bull or Short Buffalo (later known as Grant Short Bull) was He Dog's brother. His comment about Little Big Man being captured at the Battle of Slim Buttes doesn't agree with the Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger, where Little Big Man is listed among those who surrendered with Crazy Horse at Ft. Robinson in May 1877, along with Short Bull, He Dog, White Twin, Knife Chief, Black Elk and nearly 900 others. Here is Short Bull's account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and his recollection of Crazy Horse.
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