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* UNIQUE ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING (Preparatory Study for the Original Oil Painting) ON QUALITY PAPER STOCK BY ARTIST MARK CHURMS.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: 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 regiments'companies perish under a hail of arrows, at "Last Stand Hill".
SEE LARGE PICTURE Click Here - SEE FINISHED PAINTING Click Here (large image may take a moment to open) DETAILED DESCRIPTION: His Brother's Keeper 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 Wild West Military History Giclee on Canvas and Art Print By Mark Churms available.