Custer had two brothers, Tom and Boston and both were with Custer at Little Big Horn and were among those killed. His sister, Margaret, became a widow when her husband, James Calhoun, died with the Custer brothers. Nevin, next younger than George, was the only survivor to have descendents.
Custer had no children. General Custer and his wife, Libby, (Elizabeth Bacon) did not have any children.
Custer had a nickname: Cinnamon. Custer was indeed imbued with vanity for his personal appearance; in particular his long, flowing head of golden hair. He would religiously comb and then treat his hair with a cinnamon scented tonic. After the war, his troops’ nickname for him was Iron Butt, apparently due to Custer’s penchant for extremely long horse marches.
Custer’s hometown: Custer was born in Ohio
Custer attended the Military Academy, at West Point, but was not a strong academic. He placed last in his class.
By the end of the war Custer had been brevetted for gallant and meritorious services on five occasions. Although only wounded once he had 11 horses killed under him.
These were some fascinating facts about General Armstrong Custer. I hope you and your kids find them fascinating, too. Watch the movie, Night at the Museum 2 with your kiddos, we are going to be studying each historical figure in depth from the movie, watch for our next one next Tuesday!
When you learn through living, everyday life presents learning opportunities, as well as the excitement from you to show them something new. Reading about General George Custer just might lead to more study and maybe a library visit for some more books on this historical figure!