LOUDONVILLE — The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum will welcome Jeff Helmer, of the National Park Service, on Monday, March 19 for a free program at 7 p.m.
Helmer will detail the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn between the 7th Cavalry of the US Army and the combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes.
The battle marked the high point of the Great Sioux War of 1876, where the United States government fought to annex the Black Hills region. Though the U.S. ultimately won the war, the Battle of Little Bighorn saw the disastrous defeat of the 7th Cavalry, including the annihilation of 12 companies and the famous last stand of Lt. Col. George A. Custer. The battle resulted in both leaders, Custer and Crazy Horse, being celebrated by their respective nations as heroes.
Though the general storyline of the battle is well known, Helmer — formerly stationed at Little Bighorn — will layout the prelude and context of the battle, as well as the details of that event and ensuing aftermath. The site is now honored as a place of reflection and protected as a Battlefield National Monument.
The museum is located at 203 E. Main St. in Loudonville. More information is available at www.crfmuseum.com or by calling the museum office at 419 994-4050.