Flamboyant, Controversial, Golden-hair boy, West Point graduate, the remarkable beginning and end of George Armstrong Custer. Hero? Social Pariah? Martinet or Innovative commander? How did such an accomplished, brilliant cavalry leader blunder into a massive ambush? Was Custer a victim of circumstances, or was he just outclassed by better Indian leaders, better tactics? Was Custer commanding a misfit outfit, the newly formed 7th U.S. Cavalry? All these questions and more are presented in this new course in American History of the West.