I’ve heard that Indians plundered the bodies of dead soldiers after the Little Bighorn battle.

I’ve heard that Indians plundered the bodies of dead soldiers after the Little Bighorn battle. Then they stashed the items in caves in the Black Hills while on their way to Canada. Is there any evidence to support this rumor?

Alexander F. Durvin Jr.

Fort Washington, Maryland

Stories about buried stash in the Black Hills have been floating around for years. I tend to put them in the same category as lost treasure stories—they’re always intriguing and may have some basis for fact.

I have never heard of any of the weapons, uniforms or trinkets from the battle being recovered. With the high-dollar value on such items, I would say if the plunder really existed, somebody would have recovered it by now. Same goes for the alleged Lost Dutchman’s gold cache in Arizona.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu