Battle of Little Bighorn – Montana
Background and History:
- The Battle of the Little Bighorn, remembered today as “Custer’s Last Stand” was the most famous battle of the Great Sioux War of 1876. The story of the battle involves many of the great Native Americans remembered today, such as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, and resulted in the crushing defeat and death of one of America’s most well known generals of all time, George Armstrong Custer.
- Commissioned with his 7th Calvary on a campaign to remove hostile Lakota and Cheyenne Indians off of US owned lands and back onto reservations, Custer left Ft Abraham Lincoln in ND and headed west into what is now Montana to look for the indian encampment. Custer was told to expect approx 800 hostiles.
- Exactly what happened after Custer found the encampment has been debated by historians for 135 years. What we do know is that Custer happened on an encampment of thousands more than the 800 he expected. The 7th Calvary was annihilated. General Custer, with hundreds of his men, lie dead; their bodies scalped and mutilated. Markers tell the very spots where they fell still today.
- The Battle of the Little Bighorn proved to be the beginning of the end of the Indian Wars of the 19th Century. American military forces swiftly hunted down and defeated the Sioux less then a year later. The next decade consisted of smaller skirmishes and ultimately resulted in the tragedy of Wounded Knee.
- Scott and Vicky
- RCA Digital Audio Recorders, Sony Handycam w/Nightshot, 2 digital SLR cameras, WavePad Sound Editor Audio Enhancing Software.
This was a 2 day investigation. Vicky and Scott arrived at battlefield approximately 2 hours before dusk on the 1st day and returned early morning of next day. Crowds were sparse, creating minimal, if any, noise pollution. Weather was cool and overcast. No storms in area. Ocassional wind gusts.
Many areas of the battlefied were investigated with special attention given to sites of importance. Names of troops, generals, and indians were utilized as triggers for EVP work.
- Review of visual evidence turned up no conclusive results.
- Review of audio was more successful. Many EVPs were captured on multiple recorders, although most were typical- as in not very high in quality. When listened to with quality headphones, however, most can be defined as definite EVPs, as opposed to natural phenomena.
- Several names were caught which research confirmed as names of persons present at the battle. Countless whispers, breathy groans, and sounds similar to troop or Indian percussion or gunshots were captured as well. Some of the more clear EVPs are posted below:
Note – Headphones are recommended for all EVP sound samples. Spirits do not speak at the same frequency we do…
Breathy groan: Possibly saying, “Down…look.” Caught at what as known as the “Greasy Grass Ridge.” Heavy fighting in this area. Many markers identifying where both US Calvary and Warriors were killed in action are present near by.
“Reno’s down here!”: Caught in the area of Reno’s Retreat. Major Marcus Reno was commander of one of the 3 battalions under Custer at Little Bighorn and was the first to attack the indian encampment. However, after approx 25 minutes, Reno’s battalion was beaten back to a hasty retreat by a band of warriors which greatly outnumbered Reno’s men. What sounds to be an out-of-breath, overwhelmed soldier mutters the words, “We don’t know how to make it stop! Reno’s down here!.
“Butler.” : Also caught at “Greasy Grass Ridge.” Scott is heard asking, “Who fought here?” A male voice responds, which seems to say “Butler.” Research shows that a 1st Sargeant James Butler was indeed killed at Little Bighorn. The facts surrounding his death still are debated today and speculation exists that he was the very last soldier killed at the battle.
“Im down there…dead.” Caught at “Calhoun’s Hill,” another breathy EVP.
“He has to know!” Also caught at Calhoun’s Hill. Scott can be heard asking, “Who were you fighting?” Two seconds later a whisper states, “He has to know.”
Buckley, AZ: Caught overlooking the Indian Encampment. Scott asks, “What state or territory were you from?” However, even before Scott asks this question a voice already responds. EVPs answering questions before being asked seem to actually be quite common. There no longer exists a Buckley, Arizona. It may also be saying, “That’d be Arizona.” You be the judge…
It seems that the energy and trauma of that fateful day still remain at Little Bighorn. Evidence captured, including EVPs of names of persons known to have fought and died at the battle, leaves little doubt that the noted energy emanates from July 25th-26th, 1876 at the battle remembered today as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Although this analysis turned up evidence only in the form of audio, we do believe further and more thorough investigation is warranted.