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Raised amongst the backdrop of the hills in Southeastern Ohio, George Custer grew up with ambitions far reaching the stretches of middle America unto the plains of the western frontier.

Eldest son of Emanuel and Maria Custer, he was doted on by older half siblings and nurtured on the stories of the Revolution and War of 1812.

Still too young to participate in the Mexican War, young George Armstrong Custer sought and was appointed to West Point Military Academy in 1857.

Although graduated last in his class, Custer would later distinguish himself as the youngest Major General in American History.

His success during the Civil War became overshadowed by his last battle on the banks of the Little Big Horn River in Montana.


Who is George Custer?

God was good and Crockett was a hero . . . .

Who is Steve Alexander?

For a Michigan farm boy, the stories of Cowboys and Indians inspired a lifelong interest.

Raised in an era before Political Correctness, Alexander matured when the head gear of choice was a coonskin cap.

At three years old, his imagination was piqued when his father gave him an Old West magazine with the H.L. Steinegger painting of "General Custer's Death Struggle."

Random Westerns on television portrayed General Custer as a hero, and schools still allowed the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.

Between milkings on the dairy farm, the neighborhood kids gathered for ball and once in a while recreated "Custer's Last Stand."

 

By flashlight beneath the covers, he would read The Custer Album and Showdown at Little Big Horn. Every Wednesday, he would con his mother into letting him visit her friend's house so he could watch Wayne Maunder in color on ABC's series "Custer." It would seem a lifetime before he would visit the battlefield with a boyhood friend and spin a dream into reality.

"Steve Alexander is the closest thing to
George Armstrong Custer,
since Custer himself walked the earth."


February 9, 2013,
testimonial by Colonel French L. MacLean,
author of Custer's Best: The Story of Company M,
7th Cavalry at the Little Bighorn
.

Actor,  Author,  Living Historian: Steve Alexander has written, ridden, and relived Custer's life from minute details to the monumental moments more than any man who has ever portrayed the Buckskin Cavalier, earning him the title, “Foremost Custer Living Historian” proclaimed by the United States Congress and is acknowledged by both the Michigan and Ohio Senates for his lifetime work. He is the author of the 2010 quintessential biography "G. A. Custer to the Little Big Horn" and has recently published, "Believe in the Bold: Custer and the Gettysburg Campaign."

Steve has appeared in more than forty docudramas and films as the General, most recently the History Channel's "Custer's Last Man," "Command Decisions," "History Hogs: On the Trail with General Custer" and "Little Big Horn - The Untold Story." Both A&E's Biography of Custer and Bill Kurtis New Explorers "Betrayal at Little Big Horn," received awards for the top historical presentations in 1998 and 1999.

Easily recognizable to the people of Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota, Steve has also portrayed "The Boy General" in New Rumley, Ohio (the birth site) and participated in ceremonies at West Point Military Academy. From Colorado to the Canadian Rockie, he's traveled by train, steamboat and horseback, reliving a past few people experience from the pages of history books.  Consulted by universities and historical institutions, he was called upon to write the texts of the new historical markers in Tontogany, Ohio, and Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, annually representing General Custer at Gettysburg, Appomattox and other Civil War events.  In 2005, he was honored by the state of North Dakota during the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Sandy own and reside in the original restored Bacon-Custer home in Monroe, Michigan, the General's adopted hometown.

Bacon-Custer House
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Instrumental in reestablishing the Annual Custer’s Last Stand Reenactment in Hardin, Montana, he now participates in the Real Bird Reenactment of the Little Big Horn on the Original Battlefield each year during the Anniversary weekend.

Steve is the recipient of the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association’s Editor’s Choice Award and duly honored by Joe Medicine Crow, Tribal Historian, bestowing the Crow Indian name Ika’ Dieux’ Daka’, “Son of the Morning Star,” a name previously held by only one man, George Armstrong Custer.