George Armstrong Custer (5 December 1839 – 25 June 25 1876) was raised in Michigan and Ohio and admitted to West Point in 1858, where he was a low-ranked student. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, Custer was called to serve with the Union Army. He was promoted to the temporary rank of Major General, which was reduced to the permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the end of the war.
After the Civil War, Custer was dispatched to fight in the Indian Wars. The overwhelming defeat in his final battle overshadowed his achievements in the Civil War. Custer was defeated and killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, by a coalition of Native American tribes. The battle has come to be known as Custer's Last Stand.
George Macdonald Fraser sent his antihero, Flashman, to join Custer in Flashman and the Redskins.