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George Armstrong Custer - Custer was born in Illinois in 1839.

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George Armstrong Custer Custer was born in Illinois in 1839. He went to a local Prairie School where he appeared a bright and able student. His family did not have enough money to put him through further education so he was sent to the West Point Military Academy to be come a cadet officer. Although West Point worked hard for Custer it was really a bit of a waste as he neglected studies and was 34th out of a class of 34. He was far from the best student West Pont had taught if the American Civil war hadn't have broke out it would have been unlikely that he'd have graduated The American Civil War of 1861 - 1865 however proved to be the making of George Armstrong Custer. Within 2 Years he became a Brigadier General he obviously had made a good soldier fighting on the United States side against the confederates of the South. This Climb up the rank ladder most likely would not have happened in peace time. After the war he lost his rank and reverted to become a Captain. ...read more.

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If these food supplies were destroyed the Indians could be starved and die out. After the massacre of the Cheyenne at Washita Custer was involved in several other campaigns against the Indians. In 1874 he was sent to the Black Hills which belonged to the Sioux on a scouting mission. Gold had been discovered on the Black Hills and Custer allowed the information to be leaked out after the Authorities wanted it to be kept secret. This caused White prospectors to go there which angered the Sioux as the land belonged to them. In 1875 Custer was getting the idea that perhaps he may run for President. To help his campaign he wanted to damage the current president Grant's reputation. He accused President Grant's brother in law of corruption, taking contracts to supply agencies that looked after the Indians on reservations. As a result of this Custer was suspended from his duties as Commander of the 7th Cavalry. He went to his Commanding Officer General Terry who helped Custer Make an apology via a telegram. Custer got his job back. ...read more.

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Custer split his regiment in to 4 units, Reno, Bentea and Mcdougal commanded the other 3 units. He set off towards Little Bighorn. As he led his troops into the camp they became surrounded and he and his unit were all killed. The other 3 units held off the attack for about 30 hours until the Infantry came. There were other factors which weren't Custer's fault. The number of Indians at Little Bighorn was under estimated. The Indians were supplied with better weapons with which warriors had bought off traders. These Winchester magazine repeaters were far superior to the single shot muzzle loaders Custer and his men had. Evidence has shown that Custer and his men's single shot rifles had became faulty with cartridge shells becoming wedged in the heated carbine chambers which they hacked at with their hunting knives. The Indians where expected to have retreated like they would normally do in battle but they stood and fought. The news of the defeat of one of the United States finest Regiments reached Washington on July 4th 1876 the 100th anniversary of Independence Day. This was a huge blow to their pride. Consequently changes were made within the military such as the increase in numbers and the campaigns against the Indians more vicious, the Sioux were wiped out. ...read more.

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