Custer's Last Charge

Custer's Last Charge

Description (Brief)
Colored print; combat scene between George Custer's military forces and Indian warriors. Custer is in center foreground on horseback, brandishing a sword at a plumed warrior who holds a tomahawk. Most Indians are armed with rifles. Heavy casualties are depicted on both sides. Foothills appear in the background.
This is one of the earliest images of the battle and the first lithograph of the event.. Historically inaccurate, it depicts a long haired Custer with his saber, which he did not have with him in the battle. He is not using not a pistol or rifle which he did carry into the battle. The image is full of grand gestures and depictions of glorious death on both sides and unfortuneately added to the Custer mystique and heroic image.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1876
copyright holder
Siefert Gugler & Co.
depicted
Custer, George Armstrong
maker
Milwaukee Lithographic & Engraving Company
designer
Fuchs, Feodor
place made
United States: Wisconsin, Milwaukee
depicted
United States: Montana, Little Bighorn
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 21 in x 26 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 67.31 cm
overall: 24 in x 29 in; 60.96 cm x 73.66 cm
ID Number
DL.60.2599
catalog number
60.2599
accession number
228146
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Costume
Uniforms, Military
Indians
Native Americans
Battle Scenes
Chronology: 1870-1879
Horses
Horseback Riding
Settlement
West
Firearms
related event
Battle of the Little Bighorn
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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