1989 "Little Big Horn, 1876" Raised Relief Map

This is a striking raised relief model map published in 1989. The model map shows positions and movements of the Battle of Little Bighorn, on June 25th, 1876. There is descriptive text at upper right, which includes the statement "This map is an attempt to reproduce, as closely as possible, the terrain and river contours of 1876. Positions and movements indicated are based of the latest archeological estimates." The map was published by Bill Armstrong Productions, Inc. in 1989 in remembrance of the notorious battle.

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.

This map is fairly rare. The OCLC/WorldCat locates only one example, at the Library of Congress.


Near fine condition. Tiny rub marks to some of the higher elevations. Color still vibrant. Map dimensions: 30"H x 22"W.

The map has been archivally mounted in a custom-built black wooden shadow box frame. Framed dimensions: 31 1/2" H x 23 1/2" W x 2 1/2" D.


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