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Bobtail Horse

Bobtail Horse, a Northern Cheyenne warrior in 1876, fought under Chief Lame White Man in the Battle of Little Big Horn. However, while his tribesman were busy fighting Reno's command early in the battle, Bobtail Horse, two other Cheyennes named Roan Bear and Calf, and White Cow Bull, an Oglala Sioux, heroically defended a ford charged by elements of Custer's immediate command, thus protecting the Indian village from attack in a vulnerable quarter.

"One soldier dropped dead in the water. The buckskin man on the sorrel horse also fell in the ford. I think White Cow Bull, one of the Sioux with us who had the only repeating rifle, fired the shot that brought down the buckskin man."
Lame Deer, MT 1936

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