George Armstrong Custer

(1839 - 1876)

          The brash, headstrong commander of the Seventh Cavalry who, on a hot June afternoon in 1876, led his entire command into a battle against an overwhelming force of Indian warriors led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse on a hillside above the Little Bighorn River in south central, Montana. For more on Custer, click here

           The annihilation of the Seventh Cavalry that afternoon was viewed by the Indians as a payback for the massacre of led by Custer of Black Kettle's band of innocent and defenseless women, children, and elderly Indians at a winter camp on the Washita River, in November 1868.