The Ambitious Life Of General George Custer

General Custer was a renowned United States Army officer and cavalry commander for the Union Army during the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars. He worked closely with some of the most prominent commanders of his time, who noticed Custer’s natural ability and mind for warfare. He quickly rose in the ranks and became one of the most recognizable faces of the Union war effort. Yet, he is best remembered for his actions at the Battle of Little Bighorn. There, he and all of his command were killed by Native Americans in what has grown to be known as “Custer’s Last Stand.” Now, take a look into who this decorated soldier was and what separated him from the others during his time.

He Was Known For Keeping Up His Appearance

Regardless that Custer had a rather dirty job as a soldier, he always made sure that he looked good. He was known to be flamboyant with his style, almost always wearing a black velvet uniform with coils of gold laces, spurs on his boots, a broad-brimmed sombrero, and a red scarf around his neck.

Picture of Custer
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As if that wasn’t enough, he also liked to show off his golden curls and would perfume his hair with cinnamon oil.