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Henry Armstrong Reed was the nephew of George Armstrong Custer and was killed with his uncle at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. George Armstrong Custer Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes... The Battle of the Little Bighorn—which is also called Custers Last Stand and Custer Massacre and, in the parlance of the relevant Native Americans, the Battle of the Greasy Grass—was an armed engagement between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United...


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Henry Armstrong Reed was born in 1858 in Monroe, Michigan to David and Lydia Ann Reed. He was the favorite nephew of George Armstrong Custer and was often called "Autie" after his uncle. 1858 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Monroe is a city located in Monroe County, Michigan. ... George Armstrong Custer Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes...


In the Little Bighorn campaign, Autie rode with his uncle's U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment as a beef herder with the pack train. The 7th United States Cavalry Regiment is a United States Army cavalry unit, whose lineage traces back to the mid-19th century. ...


When the battle was about to begin, Custer's orderly John Burkman suggested that Reed stay with the pack train to which Reed replied, "You're mad because you can't go along" and gave Burkman a playful kick before riding off. Burkman had been ordered to stay behind by Custer.


Reed was killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876 with his uncles, George, Tom and Boston. He was interred in Woodland Cemetary in Monroe, Michigan. The Battle of the Little Bighorn—which is also called Custers Last Stand and Custer Massacre and, in the parlance of the relevant Native Americans, the Battle of the Greasy Grass—was an armed engagement between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1876 is a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Capt. ... Boston Custer (October 31, 1848–June 26, 1876) was the younger brother of U.S. Army General George Armstrong Custer and two-time Medal of Honor winner Captain Thomas Custer. ... Monroe is a city located in Monroe County, Michigan. ...


Sources

  • Son of the Morning Star, Evan S. Connell, 1984, ISBN 0060971614
  • The Custer Album, Lawrence A. Frost, 1984, ISBN 0517427141

 
 

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