Wednesday, June 25, 2008
General George Armstrong Custer
Today we feature a portrait of George Armstrong Custer. Custer graduated last in his West Point class of 1861. He was a flamboyant cavalry commander in the Civil War. He had a rather undistinguished career in the war, but did manage to get his picture taken a lot, and did manage to get lots of coverage in the newspapers. He was known as a risk taker . . . to the point of being reckless.
After the war he became an Indian fighter, and many felt he had an eye on the whitehouse, and that he felt that high profile campaigns against the Indians would be his ticket to the presidency.
It was on this day, June 25, in the year 1876, that Custer and his 7th cavalry attacked an encampment of Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians. The Indians were led by the legendary Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Custer and all his men were killed, in what became known as "Custer's Last Stand", or, "The Battle of Little Big Horn".