Major General Custer
Grooms captures Custer's dashing good looks and brash confidence, which has been called as foolhardy as it was courageous. Before earning infamy for his fatal "Last Stand" against Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, Custer was a Civil War hero. At Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, the 23-year-old brigadier general charged his Michigan Cavalry Brigade into a hopeless mêlée that General J.E.B. Stuart and his Confederate horsemen were winning. Custer's fierce "Wolverines" successfully drove back the Confederates and helped turn the tide of battle for the Union.