American Experience

Custer's Last Stand Chapter 1

Clip: Season 24 Episode 2 | 14m 15s

The first chapter of Custer's Last Stand, premiering January 17 at 8/7C. Like everything else about General George Custer, his martyrdom was shrouded in controversy. The final act of his larger-than-life career played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. In the end, his death would launch one of the greatest myths in American history.

Aired: 01/16/12

Rating: NR

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