|Lithograph by Charles Russell showing the Battle of the Little Big Horn, from the Indian side.|
|Gen. Geo. Crook, USA|
|Deadwood, 1870s, after gold had been discovered in the Black Hills|
The continuous stream of freight traffic passing through Deadwood and neighboring settlements during the gold rush provided easy targets for Indian raiders. At one point, the Indians dismounted for a fight. Cummings sent out ten skirmishers and advanced cautiously, but the raiders escaped before the soldiers could fully engage. The men then returned to the abandoned camp to take stock of plunder and prepare for the night. The camp was large for the mere ten or twelve individuals sighted. Along with ten lodges, the Indians had left behind all their equipment and provisions and fourteen horses.