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The Battle of the Little Bighorn ... 137 years later

It has been said that more books have been written about the Battle of the Little Bighorn than any other battle in our nation’s history. Yet as we approach its 137th anniversary, the fight remains shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. The herofication of Colonel Custer has clouded understanding of a debacle that was clearly understood by the people of the time. Following is a partial transcription of an editorial that was printed in the Chicago Tribune on July 7, 1876, just 13 days after the battle:

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