Little Bighorn Battlefield’s Haunted Past: Paranormal Phenomenon Reported

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Haunted Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, courtesy of the National Park Service<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> www.nps.gov/libi/photosmultimedia/index.htm

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

The Sioux Nation’s Hunkpapa Lakota, Sans Arc, Oglala Lakota, Miniconjoux and Blackfoot tribes as well as allied Cheyenne tribes fought against Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Calvary by Montana’s Little Bighorn River on June 25, 1876.

Most Native American warriors survived.

According to reports, Little Bighorn’s paranormal phenomena include ghosts, poltergeist activity and electronic voice phenomena (EVP).

Custer’s Last Stand

According to Dee Brown’s Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee and History’s “Battle of Little Bighorn,” tensions between the Native Americans and federal troops escalated with the discovery of gold on tribal lands. On June 25th, Custer’s 600 troops entered Montana’s Little Bighorn Valley although over 300 did not participate in the battle itself.

Word came to the tribes about an imminent attack, so Sitting Bull gathered his warriors and ensured the women’s and children’s safety while Crazy Horse left with a large force to meet the assailants. Custer tried to reorganize his men, but they were quickly defeated.


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In addition to Custer, over 260 troops and other Army personnel died at Little Bighorn. Historians believe that the only US Cavalry survivor was Captain Keogh’s horse, Comanche.

Hauntings on Battlefields

According to paranormal terminology, the phenomena, such as phantoms, and EVPs reported at Little Bighorn are ‘residual hauntings,’ ones that witnesses see, hear, smell, taste, feel by touch and/or sense. In spite of these attributes, the residual hauntings have no intelligence, because they’re energy imprinted on time and space. Experts theorize that traumatic experiences and violent deaths cause the phenomena.

Park Ranger Sights Phantom Warriors and Horses

According to Norman and Scott, in their unpublished “Interview with Mardell Plainfeather, April 6. 1990,” Mardell Plainfeather, who was a park ranger at the time, had a sweat lodge near the Little Bighorn battlefield. She gave an elderly man permission to use her lodge, and after he finished his rites, he asked Mardell to make sure the fire was out.

Mardell and her young daughter, Lorena, went to the lodge, poured water on the stones, then went outside. Mardell then saw two warriors and their steeds on a bluff, about seventy feet away, in the bright moonlight. When she checked for evidence that they were there on the next day, however, she found none.

Little Big Horn’s Electronic Voice Phenomena

According to Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, electronic voice phenomena (EVP) occurs when tape recorders capture an unexplained voice or voices. Deciphering EVPs is often time-consuming and tedious because the words usually aren’t clear and are often whispered. Most recordings last under a minute.

Paranormalists have recorded EVPs on the site of Custer’s Last Stand. They feature the original recording and slower versions. There are chantings and the voices of women, men, and children on tape recorded at the battlefield.

Haunted Little Bighorn Battlefield

The traumatic events and multiple violent deaths at Little Bighorn make it an ideal location for unusual paranormal phenomena, giving parapsychologists fertile ground on which to study and research.

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