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RIDE TO DESTINY
CUSTER'S LAST STAND - MONTANA 1876
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United States of America Seventh Cavalry, Battle of The Little BigHorn
RIDE TO DESTINY - Little Big Horn Battle Military Print - Click Me! June 25th, 1876, Captain Myles Walter Keogh rides into action with 7th Cavalry at the Battle of The Little Big Horn. His horse, 'Comanche' will be the only survivor of Custer's Last Stand!
Native Indians Wipe Out Custer's Command
On the afternoon of June 25th, 1876, Captain Myles Walter Keogh forms his troopers along a ridge overlooking the Little Bighorn River in the Montana Territory. Earlier in the day, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer had given Keogh, as senior captain, command of three of the five companies of soldiers of his Seventh Cavalry. These men would ride into destiny at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In columns of four, Keogh's own"I"Company leads companies "C" and "L" past their expatriate Irish commander, who prepares to establish a line of defense against the hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors streaming up from the village to his left.

Sioux and Cheyenne Warriors, Victorious!
In a matter of minutes, overwhelming numbers of Indians would overrun Keogh's command, routing the troopers and killing them in place. Keogh's warhorse, Comanche, was severely wounded and left for dead.

Keogh's Horse - Only Survivor
After the battle, soldiers from General Alfred Terry's Montana Column arrived on the battlefield and discovered Comanche still alive. The animal was nursed back to health and proclaimed by special orders of the Seventh Cavalry as the very embodiment "Of the desperate struggle against overwhelming odds, of the hopeless conflict, and heroic manner in which all went down that day."

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RIDE TO DESTINY- 25th June, 1876 - Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana, USA
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CUSTER'S LAST RIDE

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Custer's Last Ride Art Print -  Click Me! MONTANA 1876
United States of America Seventh Cavalry, Battle of The Little BigHorn
Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his elite 7th Cavalry regiment, under a hail of arrows, urge their tired horses toward "Last Stand Hill". Custer spurs his trusted mount "Vic" forward, as he fires a round from his British Bulldog revolver into the surging tide of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors.
CUSTER'S LAST STAND
It is approximately 4:45 pm on Sunday, June 25, 1876. On the high ground above the Little Big Horn River is Montana Territory, the final scene of a drama that has been unfolding since early that morning is about to be played out. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and some eighty men of Companies C, E, F, I, and L of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry are advancing into history as part of "Custer's Last Ride."

7th CAVALRY MASSACRED BY INDIAN BRAVES
Here, Custer stops to fire towards the advancing Native Americans whose arrows are already starting to take their toll. Lieutenant W.W. Cooke, with his distinctive whiskers, is in the group to the right of Custer, and Sergeant Robert Hughes, who is carrying Custer's personal guidon, follows him. The men remain fairly calm against the indians, although one of the guidon bearers has just been hit. Custer's mount, Vic, is beginning to sense the fear that will soon overtake the troopers.

The men taking part in "Custer's Last Ride" were doomed, but they became a part of one of the most enduring legends of the West-Custer's Last Stand.


With thanks to James Schneider and Will Leary (Little Big Horn Association)

CUSTER'S LAST RIDE - 25th June, 1876 - Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana, USA
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His Brother's Keeper
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United States of America Seventh Cavalry, Battle of The Little BigHorn
HIS BROTHERS KEEPER - Little Big Horn Battle Military Print - Click Me! Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer lies wounded in the chest with his rolling block rifle at his feet. His brother, Tom, fires his last rounds from his from his British Webley into the surging tide of Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. The elite 7th Cavalry companies perish under a hail of arrows, at "Last Stand Hill".

MASSACRE ON LAST STAND HILL

On June 27, 1876, the remains of Tom Custer and his brother George were discovered a few feet from each other upon what was to be forever known as Last Stand Hill. There they were buried, wrapped in canvas, in a shallow grave.George Custer was a legend in his own time, the celebrated boy general. But of his younger brother Tom, he once remarked that "He should have been the General and I the captain." Perhaps. But Tom Custer showed little desire in life but to follow his beloved brother, and he did, first from the quiet village of New Rumley, Ohio to Monroe, Michigan, where the brothers joined in family mischief and practical jokes.

Then to the bloody battlefields of the American Civil War, where Tom, having enlisted at just seventeen, became the only man in the Union army to win two Congressional Medals of Honor, awarded for bravery at the Battles of Namozine Church and Sayler's Creek. And finally, to the Western plains of a growing nation, where Tom joined his brother in a war far different from the last, for this was a war with few battles and with little glory, a war fought against a foe little understood. It was upon these plains, on June 25, 1876, by the bank of the Little Big Horn River, that George Custer, while commanding the US 7th cavalry against native Americans lead by Chief Sitting Bull, found his place in history. Tom Custer rode with him, commanding C Troop.

The final moments on Last Sand Hill, who died when and where or how they fell, will never be known. But this much is certain. George and Tom Custer, surrounded by family and friends, died as they had lived, side by side. At the end, each truly was his brother's keeper...

Text by Eric Johnson

HIS BROTHER'S KEEPER - 25th June, 1876
Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana, USA

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