George Armstrong Custer
George Armstrong Custer graduated last in the class of 1861 from West Point. In fact, there was talk of his dismissal from school, which he over came by volunteering for service in the Civil War. He quickly made a name for himself in the Calvary, becoming the country’s youngest general. He was always reckless and daring. His regiment broke through the lines May 11, 1864, routing the Confederate general Jeb Stuart’s Calvary, and killing Stuart.
After the war he continued to serve in the Calvary, but fighting Native Americans. He was instrumental in the discovery of gold in the Black Hills; territory which is sacred to the Sioux. Hostilities ensued, and Custer was determined to put the insurrection down. However many Native Americans had gathered. His Native scouts advised him to wait for reinforcements; but Custer was determined to strike before the Indians could get away. On a grassy knoll overlooking Little Big Horn Creek, 2000 painted warriors surrounded Custer and his men, overwhelming them.