Haunted Battlefield: Little Big Horn
Montana, June 25th, 1876, Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer led his men into battle against the Native Americans lead by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. There is still a little mystery over exactly what happened because no one from Custer’s side survived to tell the tale. This battle will go down in history as the Battle of Little Big Horn or Custer’s Last Stand, it will be considered one of the worst U.S. military defeats in history and today many believe that battlefield is one of the most haunted places in America?
All 261 men as well as Custer himself died that day. Their bodies were mutilated, stripped, scalped and left lying in the field. Reports say that between 50 and 100 Native Americans were also killed but their bodies were removed from the battleground. When help finally arrived, the slain men were identified as best as they could be and buried. The Indians believed that the mutilated bodies of the soldiers were doomed to walk the earth forever, maybe they were right.
Paranormal activity has not just been reported from the battlefield itself but also from the Stone house built for the Superintendent of the park in 1894, the visitor’s center as well as in an apartment near the battlegrounds.
Footsteps have been reported by many people in the Stone house and upon investigating, no one was there. An apparition of a women has been reported coming down the stairs, load bangs have been heard coming from locked rooms as well as ghosts of soldiers disfigured and missing limbs have been claimed to been seen. The visitor’s center has had claims of voices and lights mysteriously being turned on and off as well as a report from an employee claiming to have seen a ghost dressed as a soldier in the basement.
A former park ranger recalls seeing two Indian warriors dressed for battle atop their horses looking over the bluff above the battlefield. Visitors have seen soldiers marching across the field, Indians on horseback riding into battle, gun fire, and sounds of men screaming as they have toured the grounds.
One of the most interesting stories comes from Christine Hope, an employee, while she was staying in apartment near the battlefield in the mid 1980’s. She reported that she awoke one night in the wee hours of the morning and saw a man sitting in the kitchen. She described the man as having a painful expression on his face and a handlebar mustache.
Later she came across a picture of Lt. Benjamin Hodgson and recognized him as the man sitting in her kitchen. Hodgson was a member of Company B and died in the battle. Hodgson has been claimed to have been seen a couple times at the Stone House since that encounter.
There have been recent claims of paranormal activity at the park from visitors as well as employees. Taps on shoulders, rangers seeing movement out the corner of their eyes and no one around, Indian war cry’s as well as moans and screams. It seems the participants in the Battle of Little Big Horn still have something to say.