Little Brave or Little Soldier -- Arikara (Ree) Sept 8, 2016 10:23:53 GMT -5
Post by fred on Sept 8, 2016 10:23:53 GMT -5
Don't get them confused... there was only one Little Brave (he was also known as Little Soldier) who was an Arikara scout. There were at least three enemy Indians known as Little Soldier at the battle. The Participants book has all that stuff in it, but here they are anyway...
Little Brave (aka, Little Soldier and Stub; also, Bear’s Trail [Hardorff]; also, according to Bob Reece, Little Whirlwind; Naha-cus-chu Reposch; Na-hocus-chisee-pustch)—b. 1849 or 1850. With Custer on trip to Crow’s Nest. On skirmish line. Libbie Custer said he was killed near the ford from a wound in the right shoulder. Another account says on east bank of LBH. Ken Hammer, in The Battlefield Dispatch, Winter 2005, says he was “likely killed west of river.” Some Indian accounts say near some trees that were chopped down, left of the line of retreat. Michno has two Ree scouts being clubbed and stabbed on the east side of the river, after Reno’s retreat, one of them in the flats. This could tie in with Hammer. Wooden Leg and several others killed one of them, possibly Little Brave. Wooden Leg also cites an incident where the Cheyenne warrior, Whirlwind, killed and was killed by, a war bonnet-wearing Indian scout on the east side of the river [Marquis, Wooden Leg, 224]. The Sioux warrior, Eagle Elk, confirms one account. The incident with Whirlwind could have been Bob-tail Bull. Stewart wrote Little Brave was, “generally supposed to have been killed just below Reno’s crossing and on the left bank [the west side] of the river” [Custer’s Luck, 375]. The Ree scout Red Bear said he saw Little Brave crossed the LBH during the retreat. Red Bear saw that the scout was wounded under his right shoulder, blood soaking his white shirt [Libby, The Arikara Narrative, 126 – 127]. Married.
Little Soldier—(Oglala Lakota-Teton Sioux)—At the Wounded Knee fight. There is also a Hunkpapa named Little Soldier. Still living at the Standing Rock Agency, Fort Yates, ND, 1926. He was at the Little Big Horn, but may have been too young to get into the fighting.
Little Soldier (also, “Eugene” Little Soldier)—(Lakota-Teton Sioux)—b. 1863. Fought with bow and arrows against Reno.
Little Soldier (also, “Louis” Sitting Bull)—(Hunkpapa Lakota-Teton Sioux)—A stepson of Sitting Bull. In 1936, he was interviewed by Joseph G. Masters and at that time claimed about sixty-four Indians had been killed during the fighting [Hardorff, Hokahey!, 129].