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Title Bismarck tribune, v.3, no.52; July 6, 1876
Author Bismarck Tribune
Date 1876
Document Type Periodical
Names Custer, George Armstrong; Terry, Alfred; Reno, Marcus
Region Montana; The Dakotas
Places Bismarck, Little Big Horn River
Keywords newspaper, Native Americans, Battle of the Little Big Horn, 7th Cavalry, military, army
Theme Railroads, Transportation and Urban History; Native Americans; Military Encounters
Place of Publication Bismarck, Dakota Territory
Additional Information From the Colton Storm catalogue: "The account of the Custer battle occupies four and one-half columns on the first page. The account was also printed as a broadside, probably on the same day. General Terry wrote a dispatch to his superior officer on June 27th which was sent with Scout Taylor via the riverboat "Far West". Taylor stayed on the "Far West" until it tied up at the mouth of the Big Horn River on the night of June 30th. He left the next morning for his long ride of 175 miles to Fort Ellis and Bozeman, the latter place being the nearest telegraph station. Taylor's story was first published in eastern papers on July 5th. The Terry account did not reach the public until July 7th. The "Far West" carrying the wounded and Captain Smith with confidential dispatches for General Sheridan tied up at Bismark on July 5th at 11pm. The first complete account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn was published in the 'Bismarck Tribune' on the morning of July 6th. The Taylor story consisting of a dozen or so lines, was published in the Helena 'Independent' and several other western papers. Colonel Lounsberry, in his 'Early History of North Dakota...' 1919, states that the first publication giving substantial information came from Bismarck and that, aside from a bulletin (five lines) sent by the 'Tribune' to the 'New York Herald' and which was printed on July 6th, the first account was published in the Bismarck Tribune."
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana
Reference Graff 309
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue