This Week in the Civil War - #1110
George Armstrong Custer developed a reputation during the Civil War as a flamboyant, yet highly effective Union cavalry commander who personally led his unit into action on numerous occasions. After the war Custer was dispatched to the West to fight in the Indian Wars. He and his entire command were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876, while fighting against a coalition of Native American tribes in what has come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand." His Seventh Cavalry was defeated so decisively that all Custer’s prior achievements were overshadowed. About Custer’s demise one biographer has stated “There will always be a variety of opinions based upon what Custer knew, what he did not know, and what he could not have known..."