"Destiny on the Greasy Grass: Battle of Little Big Horn - June 25, 1876" by Michael N. Westergard, Undated

This is a bronze sculpture called "Destiny on the Greasy Grass: Battle of Little Big Horn- June 25, 1876" by Michael N. Westergard. The bronze depicts the culmination of the battle; Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and two troopers stand on the grassy hill knoll, guns at the ready, arrows scattered around them, and their regimental colors and bags cast to the ground.

The Battle of Little Big Horn was an armed engagement between combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army. The battle resulted in the defeat of US forces and was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876. It took place over two days on June 25 to June 26, 1876, along the Little Bighorn River in the Crow Indian Reservation, situated in Montana Territory. The US 7th Cavalry, a force of 700 men, suffered a major defeat while under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Five of the 7th Cavalry's twelve companies were annihilated and Custer was killed after a hasty retreat to a hilltop position resulted in broken lines, panic, and a breakdown in command structure.

CONDITION:

In fine condition. Bronze casting, on wooden base with engraved title plaque. Signed by Westergard in the casting. No. 15 of 18 examples. Dimensions: 11" H x 16" W x14" D.




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