On that summers day, many people slept on the valley floor under cottonwood. The use of sweat lodges was popular but little known to the military and several explanations came forth. First. I have not learned whether it was practice to bathe before, after, or both, when having a sweat.
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Kate Bighead's account of the battle as given to Thomas Marquis in 1927 and published in his booklet, Custer on the Little Bighorn (1967), my annotations in brackets.
The women gathered willow wands and built little dome shelters, or the people slept that night without any shelter except robe bedding. [Note: This comment explains the 400 or so little dome shelters that some thought were made for single warriors adding to the numbers of warriors in the village. This was not apparently so. Those domes closest to the river were likely used as sweat lodges, and the rest as temporary shelters in place of lodges packed away after the first day's fight. Their numbers should not be used to determine a warrior count at Little Big Horn] ... Late in the afternoon of the 2nd day [ie. June 26] the men heralds rode rode about the willow dome camps and called out to the people that other soldiers were coming up the Little Bighorn valley (Gibbon's men).