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Custer relics. Custer, SD, Courthouse Museum.

Where we are staying is about three miles from the town of Custer, South Dakota (population 2,000 in 2010). Of course, we have done some shopping, eating, and walking about town. Today, however, we visited the 1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum to learn more about the history of this town. We have come to appreciate and really enjoy the small local museums we have come across in our travels. Some general background: Custer is the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black…

Maj. Gen. George Custer by Civil War Trust, via Flickr

Maj. Gen. George Custer, commanding the Third Division of cavalry in Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah, pressed forward to cut off Robert E. Lee's escape route to the West. Fast moving scouts from Custer's 2nd New York Cavalry came across and captured 3 Confederate supply trains at Appomattox Station - supplies critical to the Army of Northern Virginia's existence. Later, Custer would locate and attack a nearby encampment of Confederate artillery and wagons to the north of his position…

Crow King, a Hunkpapa war chief and Sitting Bull’s head soldier, was one of Sitting Bull’s most loyal lieutenants at war and peace in their beloved Dakota lands and during their exile in Canada.– Zalmon Gilbert, circa mid-1880s Courtesy Beinecke Library, Yale University –

Crow King, a Hunkpapa war chief and Sitting Bull’s head soldier, was one of Sitting Bull’s most loyal lieutenants at war and peace in their beloved Dakota lands and during their exile in Canada.– Zalmon Gilbert, circa mid-1880s Courtesy Beinecke Library, Yale University –

Custer, probably a few months before the Little Bighorn, out East in New York, I think.

George Armstrong Custer was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War Custer graduated from West Point in 1861 at the bottom of his class, but as the Civil War was just starting, trained officers were in immediate demand. He worked closely with General George B. McClellan and the future General Alfred Pleasonton, both of whom recognized his qualities as a cavalry leader, and he was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers at age 23. Only a few days after…