Kevin Galvin

It had been two years since I had last had an opportunity to visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and with my retirement from the military scheduled for September 2011 I had a number of weeks vacation that I had to take. With the Little Big Horn Association holding their annual meeting in Oklahoma City a week before the Anniversary weekend it provided the ideal time to go. I was accompanied by Gary Leonard and we arrived in Denver on the 13 June and then proceeded south to visit Bent's Fort, headed east to Sand Creek, then onto Dodge City including Fort Dodge. After 2 nights in Dodge it was off to Fort Supply and Fort Reno enroute to Oklahoma City. We then moved north-east to Fort Scott, then Kansas City and Fort Leavenworth. The longest day was Kansas via St. Joseph to Chadron. Then the magnificent Black Hills including Custer City, it was then back west to Buffalo, Fort Phil Kearney and the Fetterman massacre site. During the anniversary weekend once again I volunteered to assist the Friends of the Little Bighorn as a battlefield interpreter at Deep Ravine. We also spent a day at the Rosebud. After that it was a drive over the Bighorn Mountains to Cody then a return to Denver via Fort Caspar, Fort Fetterman and Fort Laramie before our return to the UK. We visited countless museums and generally had a great time. During the course of the trip I was able to see many old friends as well. The photographs below are a small selection of the many thousands that I took.

Photographs - Kevin Galvin

The Custer House at Fort Dodge - Custer was not stationed at Fort Dodge but he may well have been entertained in the Commanding Officer's Quarter.

A reconstructed Fort Supply although when Custer's 7th Cavalry were there in 1868 it was known as Camp Supply and provided a key logistics base from which they were able to move forward and conduct operations.

The National Park Service's Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Centre provides the starting point for any visit to this battlefield.

No.611 Scott Avenue, Fort Leavenworth was at the time of Custer's court-martial the residence of Major General Philip Sheridan who was the commander of the Department of the Missouri. He invited Custer to remain at the "Big House" after he had been found guilty and suspended for 12 months. Custer and Libbie remained there until returning to Monroe in June 1868.

Buffalo in Custer State Park, South Dakota.

Members of the CAGB with Danny Martinez (right) pose for a group photograph at the Rosebud.

Painting of Crook's Jackass Brigade by the artist Bernard  Thomas on display at the Sheridan County Museum.

Steve Alexander once again performs his role of G. A. Custer at the Real Bird re-enactment at Medicine Tail Coulee. Note the Little Big Horn still remained high after the floods earlier in the spring and had an impact on the event.

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