General Custer character jug modeled by Stanley J. Taylor and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, between 1997-1999. The courageous but impetuous General George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876) is best remembered for his involvement in the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn, one of the most controversial and infamous battles in U.S. history. Custer was a Civil War hero, the youngest U.S. Army general at age twenty-six, and gained further fame as an Indian fighter. The Big Horn crisis developed during the 1876 gold rush to the Black Hills in South Dakota, a sacred hunting ground of the Indians. The U.S. government order that all Indians must move on to reservations met with determined resistance from the Sioux Nation under their chief, Sitting Bull. Custer and General Alfred Terry were dispatched to quash the Sioux rebellion. Custer arrived in the Valley of the Little Big Horn in June, 1876, before Terry, and, instead of waiting as planned, he led his 266 men into battle. They were confronted with the full force of over 2,500 Indian warriors led by Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. By the end of the ensuing conflict, none of the soldiers survived. A sword and flag form the handle of the jug.