George Armstrong Custer was born in Ohio in 1839. He attended West Point Military Academy in New York and graduated last in his class in 1861. His book-learning was not the greatest, but he made up for his classroom performance with his performances on the field of war. This can be proven when he was immediately thrust into the Civil War and made a name for himself.
Attentions quickly turned westward when Gen. Phillip Henry Sheridan chose Custer to assist him in the Great Plains. Custer had a great fighting spirit, bit it would be put to the test soon. By 1876, he had already had a couple of victories against the Indians under his belt, but his most well known, and ultimately final, battle was fought on the banks of the Little Bighorn in Montana, where he led the Seventh Cavalry there. His plan was to mount a "three-pronged" attack against the local Sioux Indians, whose leader was the incomparable Crazy Horse. One "prong" was already soundly defeated in the Battle of the Rosebud a few days before, unbeknownst to Custer. He also spurned advice from an Indian scout to call off the attack. To quote Kevin M. Sullivan's Shattering the Myth: Signposts on Custer's Road to Disaster: "...there were more Sioux than the soldiers had bullets." The Indians had already set up their camp, and Custer had already planned to pounce upon it.
Custer figured that the Sioux's camp was a small one as he overlooked the field of battle. Boy, did he and the cavalry underestimate the number and the size of the Indians! The army was outnumbered by thousands of Sioux as Custer still led his troops to battle. A whole gathering of Indian tribes, bigger than any ever recorded, met Custer, Hunkpapa Sioux in the front, and Cheyennes in the rear. His command split up at midday, hoping for fleeing Indians. The did not flee. In fact, the five companies with Custer were all massacred. Only the other three companies escaped partially.
Custer thought that he was very close to victory., but he was very wrong. Indians and soldiers would soon meet in Custer's Last Stand. He fought bravely, but he and his army was slaughtered. Over 200 men died under Custer, which had fulfilled a prophecy made by Chief sitting Bull about receiving revenge from an earlier battle in which Custer led.
-Taken from Kevin M. Sullivan's Shattering the Myth: Signposts on Custer's Road to Disaster.