Brush was Red wolf. Brush was a name for kinnikinnick. The reference was to Little Brave's family. Red Wolf was the younger brother of one of the scouts and off the top of my head it was little Sioux. He was adopted as a young boy, his father having died and the mother taking another partner. Little Brave and Bloody Knife were brothers although I cannot show them to be blood. They were both mixed Ree and Hunkpapa, both known to the Sioux.
Again, I will have to plow decades of trivial notes but, Turning Hawk painted up with half yellow and half red face. He was relatively famous.
Adding some confusion from tribal circles, According to John Stands in Timber's information, Bobtail Bull (Ree scout) was Little Brave's brother. This is given in the tale of the Ree War Horse. A third brother was Cheyenne. A Cheyenne Voice. p399
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If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.
I wonder, what are the chances of Little Brave (soldier?)...
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].
Best wishes, Fred.
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Here is Brave Bear's account of the death of Little Brave, with my annotations in brackets:
His shots were returned. I and some others went around and got behind him. We dismounted and crept toward him. As we came close up to him he fell. A bullet had hit him. He raised himself up, though, and swung his rifle around toward us. We rushed upon him. I crashed a blow of my rifle barrel upon his head. Others beat and stabbed him to death. I got also his gun. It was the same as the one I had taken from the soldier, but the Indian's gun had a longer barrel [ie. a Springfield rifle]. A Sioux said: "You have two guns. Let me have one of them." I gave him the one I had taken from the Indian just killed. I liked better the shorter barreled one [ie. a Springfield carbine], so I kept it. The Sioux already had the Indian's ammunition belt. He did not give me any of the cartridges. There were only a few of them. One of the Sioux scalped the dead man. Different ones took his clothing. I took nothing except the gun I had given away. I [then] returned to the west side of the river. [Note: Thus this Ree was killed on the east side of the river.]
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Red Bear's account of the LBH battle speaking of Little Brave published in The Arikara Narrative, my interpretive comments in brackets:
Just then he saw Little Brave riding [out] from the timber, and he said that he had heard from the yelling at the Dakota camp (he knew a little of the Dakota language) that they were about to charge. He said: "Let me fire one [more] shot at the camp, and then lets get back to the hill for they are too much for us." Now as Little Brave went to fire his one shot on foot, Red Bear held his horse for him. He came back at once and said to Red Bear that the Dakota were about to charge, and that they had better mount and ride back to [the] timber [position], and then [retreat] back across the river. They started to ride back [into the timber], and as they were going through the bushes toward the river, they received a volley from the bushes in front of them, just across the Little Big Horn [river]. The Dakotas were [laying] in ambush there, [on foot] without [their] horses. At this, the [two Ree] scouts doubled back again from where they started from.
When they rode toward the river, they saw a great mass of Dakota horsemen between the ridge [or bluffs west of the Garryowen Bend] and the river, riding [eastward] toward the ford, yelling and firing,--- it [ie. the valley] was alive with them. Red Bear dismounted [in the timber] when the Dakota fired and led his horse; a leaning tree struck his saddle horn and stopped the horse. He pulled again and again at the horse's head until finally the horse came on; the saddle girth broke, but he did not turn back, though he lost his extra cartridges. Then he tried to mount, but twice his canteen, which he carried around his neck, got under him and he fell off [his horse]. At last he mounted and rode on after Little Brave, who had not dismounted, and by this time was far ahead. He soon came out of the timber, where he lost sight of Little Brave. He could see nothing on account of the smoke and dust which filled the air, but somewhere ahead, he saw dimly someone [who was] riding. Just then, he saw 10 soldiers on horseback in full retreat toward the timber [along the river by the retreat crossing, not the timber position at the Garryowen Bend, which Red Bear had already left at this point].
At this point there was a deep cut [bank], and the horses of the soldiers fell into it, and he heard the soldiers calling out, "Whoa! Whoa!" He swung his horse to the left and escaped falling into the cut [bank], and he left the soldiers floundering there [in the river] with their horses. He followed on after Little Brave until the dark object ahead of him turned to the left [or north]. Then he rode straight on thinking that this [dark object] could not have been Little Brave, and he rode [on] past the point where he saw the rider turn to the left....
Down stream he saw Little Brave, who had already crossed the river [to the east side], and he noticed that he was wounded under his right shoulder, and the blood was running down in a stream over his white shirt. Little Brave's horse was going on a slow trot toward the ridge [or bluffs], but not upstream toward Red Bear. He [then] went up to where the [loose] Dakota horse had landed [on the riverbank], intending to drive him down to Little Brave. Just then, up the bank [and] through the bushes at his left downstream came the horse of Bob-tailed Bull; the reigns and rope were flying, and the tail and mane [were] floating in the wind. The horse was much frightened and ran snorting past Red Bear, but [when] a few yards away from him Red Bear saw that the saddle was all bloody in front. Five or six white soldiers [from Reno's battalion] were riding through the bushes at his left, having just crossed the river [downstream from him]. The horse of Bob-tailed Bull followed after them, and the Dakota horse he was driving dashed away after the others. (Bob-tailed Bull's saddle was an Indian saddle with a wooden frame covered with raw hide. Bloody Knife was the only one with a government [McClellan] saddle, horse, etc.)
Little Brave was still riding on slowly [toward the bluffs] and he waved his hand to Red Bear to go slowly also. The Dakotas were above them on the hills [north of Reno's Hill] firing down at them. Red Bear thought [that] Little Brave waved his hand at him, meaning that Red Bear was to catch one of the horses for him as his own was played out, so Red Bear jumped off and caught at a rope which was dragging through the bushes from one of the two horses, either that of the Dakota or of Bob-tailed Bull['s horse]. But the horse was badly frightened and though he caught the rope, he was dragged about through the bushes, his moccasins being lost in the river, his bare feet were torn by the rose bushes. The horse dragged him up the stream toward the end of the ridge [or bluffs] while Little Brave and the [5 or 6] soldiers were were riding straight toward the firing line of the Dakotas [on the bluffs above them]. Finally, he let go of the rope and [re]mounted his own horse. He did not see Little Brave again and he thought [that] the [5 or 6] soldiers were all killed.
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The Sioux Lakota warrior Kicking Bear, in his 1898 pictograph of the battle, claims to have shot killed, scalped and counted coup on Little Brave, although in other accounts he claims the Ree scout was actually Bloody Knife.
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