The shocking news of Little Bighorn erased the memories of the Rosebud from all but a few actual battle participants. Yet, it is second only to the Little Bighorn in terms of total number of troops and Indians deployed in battle. Geographically, the Rosebud Battlefield is larger than Custer Battlefield.
October 16: arrive at the Boothill Inn and Suites.
6:30 p.m: gather in the hotel lobby for your registration packet (map booklet, nametag, and sundry items), meet your host and guide (David Woodbury, and Neil Mangum), and enjoy a private reception in the hotel's dining area (pizza and beverages are included in your registration).
7:30 p.m: hear an overview by Neil Mangum, setting the stage for our days of bus and walking tours.
Board the bus each morning at 8:00 a.m. in front of the hotel, for an 8:15 departure. We'll return each afternoon by about 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. at the latest). Water and snacks on the bus, plus lunch, will be provided all four days.
October 17: first we’ll visit the August 1872 Baker Battlefield,(1) then spend most of the day exploring Rosebud Battlefield(2) (including a 4-mile round trip walk to Crook’s Hill). As an added bonus: we’ll finish the day with a stop at the Canyon Creek Battlefield(3), on the outskirts of Billings, before returning to our hotel.
October 18: we’ll begin the day following Gibbon's column down the Yellowstone to the juncture with Terry. Ascend the Rosebud, pausing at each Custer & Indian campsite. We’ll visit Deer Medicine Rocks,(4) the graves of Dull Knife(5) and Little Wolf,(6) and tour the Lame Deer Battlefield.(7) Before returning to Billings, we will pay our respects at the grave of Two Moon.(8)
October 19: this day is devoted to the Reno Valley fight, Skirmish line and Reno's Retreat across the river to the bluffs. We'll drive up Reno Creek as near as possible to the Crow's Nest (the vista point from which Custer's scouts first spotted the horse herd of the distant village). We'll visit the morass, pausing near the Lone Tipi(9) site and the site of Reno's crossing of the Little Bighorn, drive through the location of the Indian village; visit Custer Battlefield Museum (Garryowen). Closing out the day, we'll walk around the Reno-Benteen defense site and visit Weir Point inside the Little Bighorn National Monument.
October 20: the full day will be devoted to the movement of Custer’s battalion, with stops at principal sites on the battlefield, including a walk to the Keogh sector. Tour exclusive includes a hike up Nye-Cartwright Ridge and down to the banks of the Little Bighorn River. Our long journey concludes atop Last Stand Hill. We'll make a final stop at the Visitor Center Museum & Bookstore, and return to Billings in the late afternoon.
Custer's last message, written by Custer's Adjutant Lt. W.W. Cooke on a sheet torn from his field dispatch book. At the top and right of the message is a "translation" written by Captain Benteen. The original message is in the U. S. Military Academy Library, West Point, N.Y.