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Soldier Wolf's Story of the Battle
THE SOLDIER WOLF INTERVIEW
Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana, 1898
I was then seventeen years old, [and] old enough to notice a great many things and to see the reasons for it.
The Cheyennes had been there [on the Little Bighorn] only for one night. Next morning, somewhere about noon, the troops charged down Reno Creek into the upper Sioux village, and drove all the people out and set fire to the lodges. When the people in the lower village heard the shooting up above, they all rushed toward it. Everybody went. [Reno's] troops retreated and the Indians all rushed in among them. They were all mixed up. The soldiers seemed to be drunk (or panic stricken); they could not shoot at all. The soldiers retreated to the timber and fought behind cover. If they had remained in the timber, the Indians could not have killed them. But all at once...
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