Custer’s Second-to-Last-Stand

Lecture Description

Prior to his infamous and ill-fated “Last Stand” on the Plains in the mid-1870s, George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry were based in central Kentucky for nearly two years. Except for one period where they were sent to Chicago to police the city after the great fire, they spent most of their time trying to put down Ku Klux Klan-style terrorists who assaulted African-Americans and tried to prevent them from voting. Using Custer’s time in 1870s Kentucky and 1865 Texas, this essay explores the Army’s efforts to impose order upon violent white southerners, and examines the interconnections between its role in the West and in the South.


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