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Over the years, I've had so many links to articles and websites about General Custer that I've decided to put them all on one page. If you know of an interesting article or website about General Custer that I missed, please email and tell me about it.

June 25th is the anniversary of one of the worst management decisions of all time. On that day in  1876, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer made a decision to engage an overwhelmingly superior force of more than 2,000 Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors with only 210 members of the 7th U.S. Cavalry along the Little Bighorn River. Giving your life is the ultimate price for a bad decision, but Custer's decision-making was especially poor in so many ways. Custer's account of Monahsetah suggests, but doesn't confirm, erotic episodes between the lieutenant colonel and the Cheyenne woman whose name means ''Young Grass That Shoots in Spring.'' Libbie Custer, whose loving union with George is part of Western legend, pretty plainly knew about the extramarital affair, according to her own writings. One way of looking at the events at Little Bighorn, called the Battle of Greasy Grass by the Native Americans who fought in it, is to search for the answer to two questions. Firstly, what motivated the Cheyenne and Sioux warriors in 1876 in their determination to fight the U.S. Army? And secondly, to what extent did Lieutenant Colonel Custerís background and character make his disastrous last stand an inevitability?
Although treasure stories may lead to the same conclusion--that gold or silver is buried somewhere--they may have different versions, and a treasure seeker can become quite perplexed. Such is the case with a treasure associated with the death of General George Armstrong Custer. Frank Finkel rose to prominence late in his life and after his death for his claims to being the only survivor of George Armstrong Custer's famed ''Last Stand'' at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The love between George and Libbie Custer is the stuff of legend on the Plains, but so is the romance between George and a captivating Cheyenne woman named Monahsetah. It may not be Gen. George Armstrong Custer, who died in 1876 along with his 267 soldiers at the hands of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Little Bighorn in Montana. Instead, Custerís grave at the U.S. Military Academy might be the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
June 25, 1876 marks an important day in U.S. history: As told by newspapers of the day, and subsequent textbooks and novels, the Republic suffered the loss of a valiant hero and his men as the uncivilized Indians massacred them in battle. This, however, is a one-sided take on what really happened near the Little Bighorn River in Montana. Heís one of the most recognized figures from historyóbut are we any closer to capturing the truth of ''who was Custer?'' An interactive presentation of the events at the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. As a tribute to his service and bravery, the war horse Comanche was never ridden again. He was stabled at Fort Riley, and would periodically be paraded by the US Army. He lived to the age of 29, and when he died his body was mounted and put on display at the University of Kansas, where it stands to this day.
Had Custer and his troops brought sabres they could have mounted a counter-attack by horseback. And, that Gatling gun would have come in handy. Questionable, inebriated art critics have referred to Custerís Last Fight as the most viewed piece of artwork in the history of America. Like everything else about General George Custer, his martyrdom was shrouded in controversy and contradictions. The final act of his larger-than-life career played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. In the end, his death would launch one of the greatest myths in American history. ''Garryowen,'' an Irish drinking song with a marching cadence, is to Native Americans what ''Deutschland Uber Alles'' is to Jews, a hated reminder of the evil past. It was the marching song of the 7th Cavalry and the infamous Lt Colonel George Custer when they massacred native American villages in the all-out campaign in the 1870s to rid the plains and the west of ''redskins.'' The tune was played quite deliberately right before attacks.
263 men of the 7th Cavalry engaged an overwhelming number of Lakota and Cheyenne, in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life I called to my men: ''This is a good day to die: follow me ...'' On June 17, 1876 Sioux and Cheyenne Indians score a victory over General Crookís forces, foreshadowing the disaster of the Battle of Little Big Horn eight days later. Long-neglected accounts given by Indian participants provide a means of tracking the fight from the first warning to the killing of the last of Custer's troopers.
Capt. Frederick Benteen commanded one of Custer's three wings after Custer divided his troops on June 25, 1876. Custer's famous order directed Benteen to ''Be quick, bring packs.'' (pack horses with ammunition). Custer gave damning testimony in the corruption trial of Secretary of War William W. Belknap, and President Grant's brother Fred, both accused of taking kickbacks to manage territorial trading posts. On June 25, 1876, 200 United States soldiers under the command of Lt. Col. George A. Custer were wiped-out by 4,000 better equipped and battle trained Indians. Known by Indians as the Battle of the Greasy Grass, Custer's Last Stand was a fight between Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho against the 7th Cavalry.
Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer in the center of his men on top of a hill, pistols in hand while fierce Indian warriors circle them on horse back shooting bows and arrows. Is that what really happened? According to stories from national monument visitors and employees, the dead are restless at Little Bighorn. As Custer and his men died on June 25, 1876, the Far West steamboat was making its way up the Bighorn River to rendezvous with General Terry to resupply his troops when the word came of the Custer massacre. It was now up to the captain of the riverboat to get wounded soldiers back to Fort Abraham Lincoln, near Bismarck, North Dakota as soon as possible. 10 Facts About Custer and His Last Stand at the Little Big Horn.
On June 25, 1876 thousands of Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyene Indians attacked General Custer's 7th Calvary at the Little Big Horn in Montana. Click to learn more. A website I originally linked to back in 2005. A few years later, the owner let the registration lapse, it was acquired by a stand-up comedian named Gary Owen, who ran it for a few years to promote his entertainment business, and now it is for sale again.  The General Custer information at www.garyowen.com is gone forever, but ''the Wayback Machine'' remembered it. If one were to pick a defining moment in the story of the Black Hills coming under the control of the United States, it would likely be the 1874 Custer Expedition. When Lt. Col. Custer left Fort Abraham Lincoln in North Dakota for Montana in 1876, he took along his regimental band, a sixteen-piece brass band mounted on matching white horses.
Son of the Morning Star
The entire 3 hour 1991 television epic of Custer's Last Stand.
From a 2020 review of the film:
"For the more ambitious stuff, there’s Son of the Morning Star, which to this day is considered to be the most historically accurate portrayal of Custer’s Last Stand, and the events leading up to it (plus the character study of the man himself). And this film shows him warts and all. Shows why he’s considered to be such a bastard (how he treated the Indians, his ego and stubbornness, not taking criticism very well), but also shows his good side and why some revere him (how he loved his wife, did have some care for his men, and actually came around to fighting for the cause of Indian rights in some government/political situations later in his life). An honest portrayal of a multidimensional man. So the viewer can have their own opinions regarding his strengths and faults."
Deadwood, South Dakota:
Legendary City of the Old West
Deadwood, South Dakota, once thrived as a bustling mining camp in the United States following the discovery of gold deposits, triggering the famous Black Hills Gold Rush. Unlike other popular mining camps that faded away once the gold ran dry, Deadwood stood the test of time.


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