"Welcome to hidden history. I'm your host get chrome today. General custer and the battle of the little bighorn would've referred to as custer's last stand who's the plains Indians called at. The Battle of the greasy grass was a battle in southeastern Montana that took place in eighteen eighteen seventy six and lasted for about three days. The Indians were a combined force of Lakota. Sioux Northern Cheyenne. These two great nations hadn't happened along the little Bighorn River Seven-thousand-strong County Women and children ten thousand perhaps the largest ever gathering of the plains plains Indians the cap covered several miles data pony herd fifteen thousand. The American Indians had been relocated numerous times government treaties treaties. Were broken land. Grants rush of miners drove the end ins from their ancestral homes where they had thrived for generations to near barren ground and by the summer of eighteen seventy six two great nations of Sioux Cheyenne had had enough. It was during a Sun dance around June fifth of that same year ear. That sitting bull the spiritual leader had a vision. The set the great gathering motion the Seventh Cavalry had been created just out the civil war under George Armstrong custer represented seven hundred men who made up twelve companies in the end around the time of the battle custard a divided the seven hundred men in his command into four units of the seven hundred men. A hundred and thirty nine had little training and no frontier experience dance on the morning of June twenty fifth custard divided his twelve companies into the three battalions anticipation of the forthcoming engagement with an Indian village. Three companies were placed under the command. Major Marcus Reno. Three were placed under the command of captain. Frederic Ben Teen five companies remained under CUSTER's immediate command. The Twelfth Company be under captain. Thomas McDougal have been assigned escort the slower pack train carrying hiring provision in additional ammunition unknown. The custer the Group of Native Americans seen on his trail as reported by scouts was actually leaving leaving the encampment and did not alert. The rest of the village. CUSTER's scouts warned him about the size of the village with one scout reportedly saying general. I have done with these Indians for thirty years. And this is the largest village I have ever heard of. CUSTER's overriding concern. Was that the native American group group would break up and scatter the command began. Its approach to the village at noon during civil war round eighteen sixty three George Armstrong custer master at the age of twenty three was promoted to the rank of brigadier general and he cemented his reputation. As a boy general days later at the battle of Gettysburg when he repelled a pivotal confederate assault led by Jeb Stuart by the end of the civil war custer had risen to the rank of major general. He was known for his dramatic charges directly into the heart of confederate encampments. Shock and surprise would send troops running. It was to be his tactic. The little bighorn five of the Seventh Cavalry's twelve companies were annihilated custer was killed as were two of his brothers and nephew and brother in law get get cades. After the battle of the little bighorn native American survivors of the battle claimed to have witnessed custer's soldiers shooting themselves much later in Nineteen Nineteen Eighty S. Some of the soldiers skull showed wounds caused by a single shot that would have been consistent with being self inflicted. CUSTER's body body was found with the wound to the chest and to the temple again raising speculation. That suicide may have been the cause of death but after Her husband's column was wiped out at the battle of the little bighorn. That was June eighteen. Seventy six many in the press army and government criticized custer for blonder and into a massacre President Ulysses s grant publicly blamed custer for the disaster fearing that. Her husband was to be made a scapegoat. By history. Mystery Libbie custer launched a one woman campaign to rehabilitate her husband's image persistence to the author of the first custer biography Greg Eric. Whitaker helped in able the rapid production of the popular book which praise customers career and set the tone for future biographers and the decades ahead. Let me begin. Writing articles making speaking engagements praising the glory of what she presented as her martyred husband her three books. Boots and saddles came out in eighteen. Eighty five tenting on the planes came out in eighteen eighty seven and the follow Gideon eighteen ninety aimed at glorifying her dead husband's memory though generally considered to be largely factual and accurate. They were clearly slanted. In custer's favor ever libby remained utterly devoted to her husband and never remarried despite having spent her life travelling extensively through the United States including winters in Florida and around the world. Elizabeth custer never visited the Valley of the little bighorn. She was said to treasurer letter from President Theodore Roosevelt who stated that her husband was one of his heroes and a shining light to all the youth of America. It wasn't until over half a century later. Historians reexamined CUSTER's actions leading up to and during the battle and found much to criticize after an initial period of distress address dealing with her late husband's debts custer spent over half a century of widowhood financial comfort attained as a result of her literary career in Lecture Tours. At our passing. She left in a state of over one hundred thousand dollars. She died in New York City four days before her ninety the first birthday on April fourth nineteen thirty three almost fifty years after the battle and was buried next to her husband West Point a few years before her death she told a writer that our greatest disappointment was that she never had a son to bear her husband's honored name the battle of the."