George Armstrong Custer/Sitting Bull double-sided character jug modeled by Michael Abberley and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in a 1984 limited edition of 9,500. The courageous but impetuous George Custer (1839-1876) and haughty Indian Sitting Bull (1831-1890) were adversaries in one of the most controversial and infamous battles in U.S. history. During the 1876 gold rush to the Black Hills in South Dakota, a U.S. government order that all Indians must move onto reservations met with determined resistance from the Sioux Nation under their chief, Sitting Bull. Dispatched to quash the Sioux rebellion, Custer arrived in the Valley of the Little Big Horn in June, 1876, and instead of waiting for reinforcements he led his 266 men into battle. Confronted with the full force of over 2,500 Indian warriors led by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, none of the soldiers survived. Although he won this battle, Sitting Bull did not win the war against the white man. His tribe surrendered in 1881 and four years later, this once proud Indian chief joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show as a star attraction. The handle on Crockett's side is a pistol, while on the Santa Anna side is a tomahawk.
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