General Custer's Statue



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The plains Indians were arguably fighting for their homeland, families, and way of life they had lived for millennia.  Some historians believe that Custer went up against the World's best-mounted Calvary and was simply out gunned and overwhelmed.  The defensive position fate gave Custer was poor and he was fighting on his adversaries homeland.  The web keeper believes in the law of parsimony—if a simple logical explanation will suffice, why invoke a more complex argument.

Custer was armed with the then standard issue Army 45-70 metallic cartridge rifle known as the Springfield trapdoor because of an unusual breech loading means.  This was our first Army standard issue metallic centerfire cartridge rifle, and is a potent round by today’s standards against both horse and rider. See your Web Keeper. 

To have been successful, he needed either more troops, repeating rifles or several Gatling guns or light artillery with canister, also known as grape shot.  Canister is a metal can filled with iron balls packed in sawdust.  This is what it took to stop Picket's charge at Gettysburg.

Custer’s loss at The Little Big Horn battle has perhaps been discussed as much as Gettysburg where Custer was an essential factor in the union army’s success.  In the main, we honor him for his work as an effective leader in the war over states rights—our civil war. 


Monroe County Historical Museum General G. A. Custer Exhibit

The George Armstrong Custer Collection of the Monroe County Library System

Friends Of The Little Bighorn Battlefield


The Ohio Historical Society Custer Memorial

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