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Col. John Gibbon.  A veteran of the Civil War (like most higher officers who fought in the Indian wars), he commanded one of the columns that moved against the Sioux in 1876. The next year he fought an inconclusive battle with the Nez Percés at Big Hole in W Montana.

Col. John Gibbon. A veteran of the Civil War (like most higher officers who fought in the Indian wars), he commanded one of the columns that moved against the Sioux in 1876. The next year he fought an inconclusive battle with the Nez Percés at Big Hole in W Montana.

George Armstrong Custer while he was a cadet at the US military academy at West Point. 1859.

George Armstrong Custer while he was a cadet at the US military academy at West Point. 1859.

General Leonidus Polk

General Leonidus Polk

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the all-black 54th Massachusetts regiment in the American Civil War. He was killed leading the attack on Fort Wagner in 1863.

Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the all-black 54th Massachusetts regiment in the American Civil War. He was killed leading the attack on Fort Wagner in 1863.

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