Battle of the Little Bighorn, Swiss Americans, US Indian Wars, US Army Seventh Cavalry


Twelve men born in Switzerland are known to have been in the Seventh Cavalry in June of 1876, at the time of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and seven of them participated in the battle. Five of these men were killed in the engagement. Much is known about the activities of some of these men, and John Lattman from Zurich left a good account of his experiences. The Swiss were slightly older than most of the men in the Seventh Cavalry, and they were about average in height as the other troopers. These Swiss showed much dedication to their adopted country.

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Winkler, A. (2011). The Swiss at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876. Swiss American Historical Society Review, 47(1), 1-22.

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