George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio on December 5, 1839; in 1961, Custer graduated froexternal image cster.jpgm the West Point Academy. After graduation, he led the 5th calvary at Washington as a Lieutenant, an officer position. Custer's first action occurred during the Civil War in the first Battle of Bull Run, and then was chosen as aide-de-camp to General Philip Kearny. He quickly rose up the ranks in the army and soon was part of General William Smith's staff. During the Civil War, Custer showed bravery for his bravery spotting enemy movements and positions that he served aide-de-camp to other leading generals during the Civil War. In March 13, 1865, Custer was promoted to Brigadier-General to the Union Army after a long battle with General Early; Custer almost captured every asset and destroyed his entire army. He became one of the youngest General at twenty-three, and was part of the battle at Appomattox Court House, and received the flag of surrender by the Northern Virginia Army. After the war ended, he commanded the volunteer army in Texas, and afterwards, the government put him in charge of the 7th calvary in Fort Rice, Dakota in the Yellowstone region. He fought on the front lines of the American Indian wars.

Events Leading Up to Little Big Horn
The Souix and Cheyenee Indians left their reservation because they were tired of the White settlers impeding on their homeland, the Black Hills. They gathered under the leadership of Sitting Bull, and they began to reisist the Americans forcing them back into their reservations. The U.S. Army ordered a well planned attack on the Indians that involved Custer's 7th calvary.

The Battle of Little Big Horn
The Battle occurred in Southern Montana in 1876, when the three U.S. columns began their coordinated attack on the Indians near their village. It began when Major Reno attacked the southern part of the village, but his column was soon overwhelmed by the Indians and had to quickly retreat because they were on theirexternal image MISC_Custer_Last_Stand_lg.jpg heels. Major Reno's column was relieved when Custer began an unscheduled attack without knowing the size of his enemy, and his column was pushed back downstream where Crazy Horse executed a pincer movement to completely surround Custer's men. In a desperate situation, Custer ordered his men to shoot their horses to create a barrier, his plan didn't work as the American Indian's bullet still slaughtered his men. In the end Custer and his men were slaughtered and mutilated except Custer himself. Banteen's and Reno's men were reinforced by General Terry's men and they pushed back the Indians. The U.S. Army's casualties far outnumber the Indians, and the Indians won the battle, but enraged the U.S. even more.

Outcome of the Battle
The battle had occurred near the time of the nation's birthday, the Indian's enraged the American public, and it increased American sentiment on the Indians. The U.S. Army increased its fortifications on the border of the reservations, and they were ready to decimate the entire Indian population. This led to the downfall of the Indians because the battle fueld the American hatred on the Indians.