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 George Armstrong Custer
Full Name: George Armstrong Custer
Born: Dec. 5, 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio
Died: June 25, 1876 in Little Bighorn River, Montana

George Armstrong Custer was a United States Army officer with a roller coaster career. He graduated last in his class at West Point but became a hero during the Civil War. In fact, it has been said that Custer was the most photographed Union officer.

After the Civil War, Custer was dispatched to the West, where the Indian Wars were gathering steam. Known for his narcissism, he dressed in the finest clothing and courted publicists.

Custer died, along with every member of his command, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in present-day Montana on June 25, 1876, just days before the United States’ Centennial. The battle became known as “Custer’s last stand.”

Though still a hero to many Americans, Custer is passionately hated by Native Americans. In the song “Custer,” Johnny Cash sang, “With victories he was swimmin’, he killed children, dogs and women.”