The life of George Armstrong Custer comes alive in this made for television movie. Written by
Two great warriors. One final confrontation. The last great battle for the American Frontier.
Did You Know?
The low ratings this mini-series garnered during its initial 1991 broadcast had ABC executives re-think and eventually pull the plug on the Civil War epic "The Killer Angels", which they planned to produce and air. This decision led to Ted Turner
picking up the project, renaming it Gettysburg
(1993), and releasing it in theaters. See more
While in a tent on the plains with his wife Libby, Custer complains to her that he is 'only a colonel'. In fact, Custer was a lieutenant colonel (LC) at the time, and should have used that complete rank title in this conversation. Although the one word 'colonel' may be used informally to denote an LC, in this case Custer's complaint was specifically directed at his actual rank, so he should have used its full title. (Incidentally, Custer had reached the temporary rank of major general during the Civil War. But like many general officers of that conflict, he reverted to a lower permanent rank after the war ended. It is out of respect for his former higher rank that several fellow 7th Cavalry troopers in the movie address him as 'general'). See more
Gen. Alfred Terry
What happened here, Captain Benteen?
Capt. William F. Benteen
Mistakes were made.
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