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Custer's 1874 Black Hills expedition

6.1 George Armstrong Custer at the head of his 1874 Black Hills expedition Custer's Black Hills camp, 1874

6.2 Custer's base camp in the Black Hills, 1874
Portrait of Custer by Brady

6.3 Portrait of George Armstrong Custer by Matthew Brady Custer with his wife Libbie and their cook, Eliza

6.4 George Armstrong Custer poses with his wife Libbie and their cook, Eliza
Custer with his wife Libbie and his brother Tom

6.5 George Armstrong Custer poses with his wife Libbie and his brother Tom Custer and Indian scouts in the Black Hills, 1874

6.6 George Armstrong Custer and his Indian scouts pose during the Black Hills expedition of 1874
Custer with his first grizzly (dead)

6.7 George Armstrong Custer poses with the first grizzly bear he had ever shot, and the men who made sure his shooting killed it Black Hills gold miner panning a stream

6.8 One of the thousands of gold miners Custer's expedition drew to the Black Hills
Black Hills gold miners

6.9 Black Hills gold miners at work on a stream Lakota camp at Pine Ridge, South Dakota

6.10 A Lakota camp at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, in 1891
Sitting Bull

6.11 Sitting Bull, holy man and chief of the Lakota people Sitting Bull

6.11a Sitting Bull, leader of the Lakota people
Gall, a Lakota war chief

6.12 Gall, a Lakota war chief who combined forces with Crazy Horse to crush Custer at the Little Bighorn White Man Runs Him, Crow

6.13 White Man Runs Him, one of the Crow scouts Custer relied on in the campaign that ended at the Little Bighorn
Pictograph of the Custer fight

6.14 Pictograph by the Minniconjou chief, Red Horse, showing his recollection of the Custer fight Horse skeletons at Little Bighorn one year later

6.15 Horse skeletons mark the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn one year later
Chief Joseph

6.15a Chief Joseph photographed near the time he led the Wallowa Valley Nez Percé on their desperate quest for freedom Chief Joseph (full length portrait)

6.15b Chief Joseph photographed in a formal pose in the years following the Nez Percé defeat, when he had become an eloquent voice of conscience for the West
Chief Joseph and Gen. John Gibbon

6.16 Chief Joseph and General John Gibbon pose together in 1889, twelve years after Joseph defeated Gibbon at the Battle of the Big Hole Looking Glass

6.17 Looking Glass, the war chief who helped Chief Joseph direct the epic Nez Percé retreat of 1877
Pvt. Comfort, U. S. Army

6.18 Pvt. Comfort, a typical member of the frontier army, polished and posed for posterity An officers tent with officer

6.19 An officers' tent somewhere on the plains, and an officer battling the typical boredom of frontier duty
Croquet at Ft. Bridger, Wyo.

6.20 Officers and their families play croquet at Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory, in 1873 Camp Grant, Arizona, c. 1870

6.21 The parade ground at Camp Grant, Arizona, a typical frontier outpost, in the early 1870s

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