A chronology of the Little Bighorn battle, with times established by soldiers' testimony.
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|1) JUST BEFORE 3:00 P.M.
Indians raise the alarm at the sight of approaching soldiers. A detachment of soldiers led by Maj. Marcus A. Reno attacks the Indians' encampment.
|2) ABOUT 3:05|
Indians sight a second group of soldiers riding north—Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's command.
|3) ABOUT 3:15|
Indians check the advance of Reno's soldiers and flank their left. Indians also see Custer's soldiers on what will become known as Reno Hill.
|4) ABOUT 3:30|
Reno's soldiers begin their retreat into the trees lining the river. Indians see Custer's soldiers on the bluff that will later be known as Weir Point.
|5) ABOUT 4:00|
Reno's soldiers are forced across the river and up Reno Hill. Indians see Custer's soldiers in Medicine Tail Coulee.
|6) ABOUT 4:15|
The soldiers go back up Medicine Tail Coulee. As Indians advance, a battle ensues: Calhoun Ridge to Calhoun Hill to the Keogh site and to Custer Hill.
|7) ABOUT 4:25
Soldiers on Reno Hill hear the onset of heavy firing as fighting intensifies on the approach to Custer Hill.
|8) BEFORE 5:15|
Soldiers on Reno Hill hear the last volley of heavy firing from the Custer battle.
( Interactive: Cheryl Carlin )
( Map: Guilbert Gates)