Tales of rampant suicide among Custer’s soldiers may be overblown

Few men killed themselves during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, skeletal data suggest

Battle of Little Big Horn painting

KILLING FIELD  Contrary to historical accounts, few of Custer’s men at the Battle of the Little Bighorn committed suicide in the face of overwhelming Native American numbers, a preliminary skeletal analysis finds.

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