One Word Sunday: Wind

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Wind” brought to mind our trip to Yellowstone. Driving through Montana one windy evening and just as twilight was falling, we arrived at the sight marking ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ at the battle of Little Bighorn which was fought in June 1876. Custer was leading the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry Unit of only 210 men, when they were confronted by thousands of fierce Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. The battle lasted for less than an hour, at the end of which, General Custer and all of his men lay dead.

It was eerie feeling standing there looking out over the windswept plain and imagining the ferocious fighting which had taken place there.

The black-faced gravestone marks the place where General Custer fell.

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48 comments on “One Word Sunday: Wind

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  2. That would certainly be spooky. I’ve never visited the site. To be honest I am not drawn to visiting battlefields. It isn’t what I’d claim to be one of this country’s best moments. The way we treated the Natives was pretty savage. Seems as though the deck has been stacked against the Indians for too many years. In balance I suspect that Custer got what he deserved… but the Indigenous tribes are still being treated very badly.

    • I so agree with with you, Gunta. I never realised how terribly Natives were treated until we moved here and I started reading some of the history. Now, I think it was just as bad as the apartheid years in South Africa. The racism here also seems worse than present day S Africa. I’ve been really shocked by the news stories.

  3. So sad, Sylvia. A perfect example of ‘wind’, so perfectly chosen – but gosh, it does look windswept and such a lonely place. You have captured the desolation of the place, and the background, perfectly…

  4. People who have visited battlefields often say there is a sadness there….the windswept plain in your photo certainly evokes that feeling.

  5. I have visited that battlefield as well. It is a very sad place, for those who died as well as for the “victors.” The Sioux and Cheyenne were being hunted to extinction, so they turned and fought. They may have won the battle that day but in the end they suffered horribly.

  6. I looked at the photo before reading the text and immediately thought it looked liked Cowboy country (as watched in films)
    Every country has its sad history, and here too many men were sent to their deaths, it should never have happened. Perfect for a silent remembrance.

  7. I believe the earth remembers, that the memory of what has passed remains and becomes part of our cultural memory. There is a sacredness that inhabits these places, as if the soil under our feet whisper a call to action that there are kinder, more compassionate ways to resolve conflict. When the wind touches our faces, we feel the healing benediction of Nature. A profound one word Sunday!

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