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Custer’s Last Stand 1x113

On June 26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in the eastern Montana Territory, Gen. George Armstrong Custer ordered his soldiers to drive back a large army of Lakota and Cheyenne Indians. The battle pitted two larger-than life antagonists against one another: Sitting Bull, the charismatic and politically savvy leader of the Plains Indians; and George Armstrong Custer, one of the Union’s greatest cavalry officers and a man with a reputation for fearless and often reckless courage. By days end, Custer and nearly a third of his army were dead. The battle was an overwhelming victory for Sitting Bull, and transformed Custer, just 36 when he died, into an American legend.