1876 The Battle of the Little Big Horn Participants: Scouts
(Custer) will stop at nothing. He is going to take us right into the village where there are many more warriors than we have. We have no chance at all."Mitch Bouyer, Scout (as said to Curley, Crow scout and reported after his death by Curleys friend, Russell White Bear) The Custer Myth, W A Graham, p 18
Bloody Knife on campaign with Custer
Bloody Knife Arikara Arikara mother and Hunkpapa father
Grew up with Lakota but subjected to bullying as the Arikara were their enemies
Enmity with Gall
Enlisted in the army 1868
Promoted to Lance Corporal in 1872 when with Custer with whom he had a good relationship.
Curly Crow Enlisted 1876, assigned to Seventh Cavalry June 21
Took advantage of Custer releasing scouts from any obligation to fight ( their role was to find the hostiles ). Mitch Bouyer told him to leave so Curly did not take part in the battle.
Oddly he said he escaped by wrapping himself in a Lakota blanket, somewhat implausible in the heat of June.
Mitch Bouyer French father, Dakota mother
Could also speak English and Crow
Worked with Jim Bridger
1865 guided General Connor
Worked at Forts CF Smith & Phil Kearney
1872 guide for the military escort of the North Pacific Railroad expedition
Acted as interpreter for the Crow scouts on the Little Big Horn expedition
Charlie Reynolds 1866 buffalo hunter on the Republican River supplying forts with meat.
trapper and hunter in Upper Missouri
learned to speak Dakota
Employed as a guide on the Yellowstone River expedition 1872
Met Custer on the Yellowstone River expedition 1873, engaged by him as a scout on Black Hills Expedition 1874
April 3 1876 taken on as guide for little Big Horn expedition
Killed when Renos detachment retreated from the timbers