Crazy Horse

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Crazy Horse (Tasunke Witko, l. c. 1840-1877) was an Oglala Lakota Sioux warrior and warband leader considered among the greatest defenders of Sioux lands against the forces of the US government in the 19th century. He is one of the most famous Native American figures in history and among the Sioux's most honored heroes.

More about: Crazy Horse


  • c. 1840
    Crazy Horse is born, according to legend, in the Black Hills, South Dakota.
  • 1854
    The Grattan Fight (Grattan Massacre) sets Crazy Horse on the warpath with the US government.
  • 1854 - 1865
    Crazy Horse leads war parties against other Native American nations and the US military.
  • c. 1855
    The elder Crazy Horse gives his name to his son and takes the name "Worm."
  • 1866 - 1868
    Crazy Horse leads war parties during Red Cloud's War.
  • 21 Dec 1866
    Crazy Horse leads the war party of the Battle of the Hundred-in-the-Hands also known as the Fetterman Massacre.
  • 1870
    Crazy Horse is wounded in the face after eloping with Black Buffalo Woman.
  • 1876 - 1877
    Crazy Horse leads war parties during the Great Sioux War.
  • 1876
    Crazy Horse is victorious at the Battle of the Little Bighorn/Custer's Last Stand.
  • 8 Jan 1877
    Crazy Horse encounters the US military at the Battle of Wolf Mountain; last battle he will ever fight.
  • 5 Sep 1877
    Crazy Horse is murdered by a guard at Fort Robinson while resisting arrest.