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Rain In The Face. At the Battle of Little Big Horn, he was alleged to have cut the heart out of Thomas Custer. According to legend, he was fulfilling a vow of vengeance. He thought Captain Tom Custer had unjustly imprisoned him in 1874 for the murder of Dr. John Honsinger. Some accounts claim that he had personally killed George Custer as well, but a number of similar claims have been attributed to other warriors. Late in his life, he denied killing George Custer or mutilating Tom Custer.
Photograph taken in 1879 during U.S. Army re-burial visit to the Custer batcitlefieldThe expedition was led by Captain George K. Sanderson, seen here in the foreground looking at the recently erected monument to Myles Keogh and the fallen members of Company I, 7th US Cavalry."
On June 25 1876, George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry attempted to attack a united force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. Custer underestimated the opposing side's size and skill, and the 7th Cavalry was wiped out at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Photo: Black Elk and Elk - Black Elk was involved in several battles with the U.S. cavalry. He participated, at about the age of twelve, in the Battle of Little Big Horn of 1876, and was injured in the Wounded Knee Massacre. He became a Medicine Man of the Oglala Sioux.