George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) is one of my heroes. Like Crazy Horse, he was a magnificent warrior, perhaps the greatest this nation has produced. Custer was killed 132 years ago today in what has come to be known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. I have been to the battlefield twice: in 1964 (when I was seven) and in 1989 (when I was 32). I’m on the quarter-century plan, so I’m due to go back in 2014 (when I’ll be 57). Here is an article about Custer. Here is the website of the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Here is the first of five videos of the battle. (You’ll see the others in the box on the right.)

Addendum: Here is the New York Times report of “The Little Horn Massacre.”