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Schuylkill residents at the Little Big Horn

Published November 12. 2009 05:00PM

On Sunday November 15, at 1 p.m. in the Eckley Miners Village auditorium, historians Stu Richards and Tommy Symons will present a dramatic reading and living history program about two men from Schuylkill County who served in the Seventh Cavalry and made their mark in history on that hot dusty day on June 25, 1876.

The program is open to the public; free of charge.

On the late afternoon of June 25, 1876 overlooking the Little Big Horn River a force of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians attacked and overwhelmed Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer's battalion of five companies, consisting of 210 men.

Writing into history the famed heroic last stand of Custer and the 7th cavalry.

The Little Big Horn is over a thousand miles from Pennsylvania, but there is an ever lasting local connection and mystery connected to one of the most talked about and discussed battles in American history.

Three men from Schuylkill County fought and died on that dusty plain one hundred and twenty three years ago.

With an interest for the Indian Wars of America Stu Richards got involved into researching the battle and the men from Schuylkill County who served in the military during this time period.

Richards wrote this detailed and interesting narrative about two of the men and what they witnessed in the days prior to and during the last minutes of their lives at the battle of the Little Big Horn.

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