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Two sides to the story of Custer’s Last Stand

The expression that there are two sides to every story is never truer than at the site of Custer’s famous Last Stand. Even the site has had two names; it was originally named after the vanquished George Armstrong Custer. In 1991, recognizing modern sensibilities, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the name change to its current one: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Custer’s rash decisions that day cost the lives of all 209 men (including two of his brothers and a nephew) under his immediate command. It didn’t really make sense for (continue reading)


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5 thoughts on “Two sides to the story of Custer’s Last Stand

  1. Wonderfully balanced piece of historical writing! I was struck by your analogy of gravestones scattered like a boxer’s lost teeth — very appropos in this setting. One event sums up so much that was right and wrong with the “Manifest Destiny” era. Bravery, self-sacrifice, and honor compounded with cruelty, bigotry, and cultural misunderstanding on both sides of the battle lines. Thanks for your column and this installment in particular.

    Posted by Rod Willis | September 13, 2010, 2:12 pm
  2. Little Big Horn was an accumulation of many atrocities beset upon the native people. Custer was also at the Massacre at Sand Creek where U.S. soldiers committed most heinous mutilations of women and children. If you want a closer account of the ‘Indian Wars” I recommend the book, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” by Dee Brown. It is among the most well researched, unbiased books on the subject.

    Posted by shortbuswonderkid | January 2, 2011, 2:00 am
  3. The biker was right, you kick someone down enough, they usually figure, enough, is enough. Custer was nothing more than a cold blooded murderer of woman and children. He was an animal and deserved to be killed and mutilated.

    Posted by Terry Cornell | May 12, 2011, 5:02 pm

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