Battlefield Ranch

One of the most historic ranches in eastern Montana. Site of Reynolds Battle....see more below.

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Land For Sale in MT РLocated in Powder River County, there are 4600+ acres in this ranch property for sale with 930 deeded and the remaining balance is State & BLM lease.

This property has a comfortable 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a full basement. There is also a barn and garage on the property.

The property boasts 2 flowing wells & 4 pasture wells, one with a windmill, one with electicity, one with solar. Also, there are water rights to the Powder River & flood waters from Thompson Creek to irrigate 80 acres of hay bottoms.

Ranch offers elk, mule & whitetail deer, antelope, turkeys, grouse, doves, geese on the river plus most fur bearing & predator animals in eastern Montana.

There is ample country to run livestock and horse without endangering wildlife.

The county road accesses the property 30 miles south of Broadus Montana. Utilities are on the property.

It is no wonder the Indians fought to keep this land – it is very beautiful and full of game. The Battlefield Ranch is one of the most historic Montana ranches for sale let alone one of the most beautiful with the Powder River as its’ borders to the east offering lush river bottoms and wildlife habitat, then to the west rough cut scoria hills and grass valleys to add to the beauty & habitat of elk, deer, turkeys, antelop, grouse, doves and many more species of wildlife & predators.

A brief history of this ranch is as follows:

Custer and the 7th Cavalry had been in the area as early as 1874 attempting to persuade the Indians to comply with recently signed treaties. When those attempts failed, the Indians were given a final notice to be on the reservations no later than January 31, 1876. The messages were sent by trusted Indian runners.

Orders came February 7, 1876 to replace the Indians on the reservations.

Several columns of soldiers left Fort Fetterman & Fort Lincoln for Powder River and Yellowstone country. General Crook was in command.

Colonel Reynolds under Crook command was to attack the Chief Crazy Horse Camp and persuade the Indians to return to the reservation.

This column of 880 plus soldiers was attacked at night by the Indians on March 5, 1876 near Pumpkin Butte and Laramie Peak. As the column followed the Indians north up the Tongue River and Powder River, they saw many signs of hostility and daily would see smoke signals.

There were 700 to 1000 Indians in the camps on Powder River in 100 lodges prior to the attack by Reynolds on March 17, 1876.

The surprise attack sent Indians into rough rock & tree area taking positions to fire back on troops. Horses were driven away and lodges were destroyed and burned. Later Indians captured many of their horses and re-grouped to the west with Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse in an attempt to protect themselves from soldiers and reservations.

This led to the Rosebud Battle on June 17, 1876 and then the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876.

Their trail north after the Battle of the Little Bighorn led to their eventual defeat from a lack of ammunition, food and fatigue. the Reynolds Battle was the beginning of the end.

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