Lead: Colonel Custer took the old telescope from the hands of the crow scout and peered into the valley of death.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: George Armstrong Custer, leading the Seventh United States Cavalry Reg-iment, was participating in a three army campaign. They were sent by General Philip Sher-idan to discipline several warlike Indian tribes who by spring of 1876 had drifted off their reservations into the valley of the Little Bighorn River in southern Montana. Custer's regi-ment was part of the army led by General Alfred Terry which had left Fort Abraham Lin-coln on the Missouri River in June. The object of the three armies was to converge, find the wandering Indians, punish them and drag them chastened back to the reservation.