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General Custer in Nebraska

Benkelman, Nebraska; Dundy County

In June of 1867, General Custer and his troops camped in this area of Nebraska during a time when there was a lot of tension between the American Government and Native American Nations

George Armstrong Custer was a well-known figure in U.S. history. He was born in 1839 and earned the nickname “Boy General” during the Civil War. After the war, he joined the Seventh Cavalry and became even more famous. However, it was the way he died that provided him lasting fame. Custer died in 1876 while trying to confine “hostile” Lakota people to their reservation. The Lakota Nation still challenges this idea today. They assert that they were on their land legally and that it was the settlers whom Custer and his men were “defending” who were on the land illegally. 

Custer chose to attack a Lakota and Cheyenne village just west of the Little Bighorn River. He and all 212 men under his command were killed in the battle. The battle was named the Battle of Little Bighorn but was also known as “Custer’s Last Stand”. The battle and General Custer have been depicted in both positive and negative light in dozens of films, TV series, music, and literature.








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