Sioux chief Horned Horse on the last struggle at Little Bighorn
A SIOUX CHIEF ON
source: John F. Finerty, Warpath and Bivouac: The Bighorn and Yellowstone Expedition, Lakeside Press, 1955, page 210. Artworks: Howard Terpning
"Hemmed in on all sides, the troops fought steadily, but the fire of the enemy was so close and rapid that they melted like snow before it, and fell dead among their horses in heaps. He could not tell how long the fight lasted, but it took considerable time to kill all the soldiers.
The firing was continued until the last man of Custer's command was dead. Several other bodies besides that of Custer remained unscalped, because the warriors had grown weary of the slaughter. The watercourse, in which most of the soldiers died, ran with blood. He had seen many massacres, but nothing to equal that.
As it was, a great number of Indians fell, the soldiers using their revolvers at close range with deadly effect."
Horned Horse, Sioux chief and Crazy Horse's close friend