What do Crazy Horse and South Dakota have to do with the Great Lakes region?
Let’s begin with General George Armstrong Custer, who was born in Ohio but grew up and attended school in Monroe, Michigan. In 1864 he married Elizabeth “Libbie” Bacon, the daughter of a local judge. Custer was a successful soldier and commander with the Union Army during the Civil War.
Unfortunately, he didn’t fare so well at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn in South Dakota. Enter Lakota leader Crazy Horse, who participated in the Indian victory that became known as “Custer’s Last Stand.”
The city of Monroe celebrates its famous son with an exhibit at the historical museum and a statue in town.
So…there is a link between Michigan and the Black Hills of South Dakota. To read my story at GrossePointeToday.com click: Crazy Horse Memorial .
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