Cinema: Custer of the West

The first major mistake in the career of George Armstrong Custer was his promotion to major-general during the Civil War: he flailed through Virginia with a cavalryman's flair that killed as many of his own men as those of the Rebels. After the war, as a brevet brigadier. Custer was assigned to Indian Territory and left part of his troop to canter back to his wife for "home leave." Two of his men were slaughtered en route. His final error occurred on the Little Big Horn, when Custer led more than 200 men to...

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