BACKSTORY: Significance of June 25th
The most famous action of the Black Hills or the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877, the Battle of the Little Big Horn (aka Battle of the Greasy Grass) was fought on the 25th and 26th of June, 1876, near present day Crow Agency, Montana. The battle was waged between 5,000 Arapahoe, Lakota and Northern Cheyenne warriors (under the leadership of Chiefs Crazy Horse, Gall and Sitting Bull) and the 700 men of the US Seventh Calvary (commanded by Civil War veteran Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer). By dusk of the 26th, 268 US Soldiers--five companies of men as well as Custer himself, two of his own brothers, a nephew and a brother-in-law--lay dead in the tall grass.
Michelle Black's An Uncommon Enemy. New York: Forge, 2001.
Michael Blake's Marching to Valhalla: A Novel of Custer's Last Days. New York: Villard, 1996.
Frederick J. Chiaventone's A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Big Horn. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
Ralph Cotton's Trick of the Trade. New York: Pocket Books, 1997.
Ernest Haycox's Bugles in the Afternoon. Norman: University of Oklamhoma Press, 2003.
Earl Murray's Flaming Sky: A Novel of the Little Big Horn. New York: Forge, 1995.
Robert Skimin and William Moody's Custer's Luck. New York: Herodias, 2000.