General Custer enters the Sioux' Black Hills of North Dakota to map the area and (secretly) prospect for gold. His discovery of gold is designed to attract settlers. Thus, the U. S. breaks the Treaty of Fort Laramie, which forbade white men from entering the Sioux' sacred hills. General Custer's 1874 Black Hill's Expedition Force.
George Sortore * 1st cousin 6x - "The soldier who had the longest record of service for his country, that of six years who drove provisions for four years and carried a gun for two, and had the honor of being a close friend of General George Washington." George and two other pioneers were instrumental in establshing the first public school in Michigan. George deeded the land it was built on. It was called the Bridge School. He is buried in King Cemetary, Monroe County, Michigan.
(The Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in North Dakota). Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie lived on Fort Abraham Lincoln from 1873 until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the spring of 1876. Approximately 500 troops were also stationed there. Custer's first home at the fort was built in the summer of 1873, but it burned down in February 1874. Today, the house and seven other major fort buildings have been rebuilt.