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.


  • Todd Willits


  • Ghost Writer

    We are headed there again at the end of March – Open investigation to the public. Going to make official announcement when we get back from New Orleans the first of Febuary

  • Bob Dean

    There has been too many sightings of ghost, from all over the world for them to be lying.
    I grew up in a house that my uncle shot himself in. I never saw him, but my sister-in-law, who never met him did.

  • Gerald

    The massacre was so complete and many soldiers died so horribly that theres got to be spirits roaming the battlefield.

  • Heidi

    Had the most extraordinary experience when my family visited Little Bighorn in the summer of 2011. We had visited the sites of the park, viewed General Custer’s headstone, and walked around a bit. We were on our way to another location and this was merely a side-trip so we weren’t going to spend much time, but my husband wanted to do the auto-loop, so we got into the truck and headed off towards the south. We were following a few other cars.

    I became aware of a very heavy pressure on my chest about this time, something I had not really experienced before. I began to feel horribly nauseous and this overwhelming feeling of someone being VERY angry at me for being there. I said to my husband several times, “Please, let’s just turn around and leave!” Eventually he did turn around about 3/4 of a mile into the route. At this point the external urge to leave for me was becoming awful: I actually said out loud, “OK, OK, we’re leaving!” This presence was very palpable and angry, and I was afraid. This beautiful sunny summer day and we were being forced to leave!

    My daughters, without knowing what I was experiencing, started saying, “Mom, my chest feels really weird…I don’t feel good…can we get out of here?” All the while I kept thinking we had to go, and yesterday! I kept hearing, “You should never have come here.” Well, not in so many words but the meaning was the same. What I felt was DEFINITELY a Native American. This man was angry we were there, angry at having died, angry at everything. We were definitely trespassing and he was showing us the door!

    We drove off and I continued to have the heavy pressure on my chest (NOT a heart attack!) and that overwhelming feeling of someone being intensely angry at me. In fact, I believe that warrior rode with me/us all the way to the border–three hours! When we left the state, the pain subsided immediately.

    I understand the significance of the site and I am glad I visited, but I will NEVER return. Ever. Scariest experience ever! I have not experienced a whole lot of psychic activity in my life (a little, but never like this) so I’m no expert, but I can tell you what my daughters and I experienced that August day, 2011, was something I never want repeated. Even viewing the pictures makes the hairs on my head stand up and causes me to avoid them.

  • eli

    I had a feeling of someone telling me to hurry up and leave. It wasn’t a threat but an insistent feeling I got to leave immediately. On Reno’s hill I got an overwhelming feeling of confusion and fear. These feelings subsided immediately after leaving Reno’s hill.

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