Historic SitesRosebud Battlefield

The Battle of the Rosebud (also known as the Battle of Rosebud Creek) occurred June 17, 1876, in the Montana Territory between the United States Army and its Crow and Shoshoni allies against a force consisting mostly of Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indians during the Great Sioux War of 1876.

The 1876 Campaign of General George Crook was one of the best known military actions against the Plains Indians. Crook was camped where the Little and Big Goose creeks unite in Sheridan. It was here that he received word that there were large villages of Crazy Horse’s people camped on the Rosebud.

On June 16, 1876, Crook and his men moved toward the Rosebud. The next morning while they were camped at the head of Rosebud Creek, shots rang out and his men turned to meet the Indians on the ridges above them. The battle raged for three hours; nine men were killed, 30 seriously wounded. They remained and camped for the night. The next morning after burying their dead they withdrew to the camp on the Goose Creeks.

Crazy Horse had his victory. He had stopped the expedition and had protected his villages. His warriors returned victorious.

Located approximately 30 miles northeast of Sheridan off Hwy 314.

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