How could a famous warrior like George Armstrong Custer screw up and lead his two brothers, nephew, and 265 US soldiers to their deaths in June, 1876? Was it his fault? Or did someone else contribute to the disaster? “Alternative facts” are nothing new. This presentation is an explication of the iconic Battle of the Little Bighorn for those who are curious and want to know more about it. It explores the political, military, cultural and technological issues attendant to the battle and the campaign that preceded it, as well as the scramble by politicians and military leaders to cover their culpability in the wake of the disaster.
This 90 minute overview was originally presented at a PastFinder gathering during the summer of 2013. The owners of the Guidon Bookstore in Scottsdale, who were in the audience, subsequently requested a special presentation for their customers. George Armstrong Custer IV was in the audience.