ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
December 5, 1839
General George Armstrong Custer is Born
On this day in 1839 General George Armstrong Custer was born in New Rumley, Ohio. Serving as an officer in the
Army and a cavalry brigade commander during the American Civil War and the Indiana Wars he established a reputation
as being aggressive and willing to take risks.
Although Custer enjoyed a distinguished career during the Civil War, he is most remembered for his defeat at the
Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 against a group Native American tribes which resulted in the death of himself and