Before the war
Contest entry to *Ilyana88
Ive decided to illustrate George Armstrong Custer, and Comanche (who *Ilyana88
s character Apache is posing as)
(December 5, 1839 June 25, 1876) who was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars.
After his death, Custer achieved the lasting fame that he had sought on the battlefield. The public saw him as a tragic military hero and exemplary Victorian gentleman who sacrificed his life for his country.
Comanche was a mixed Mustang/Morgan horse who survived General George Armstrong Custer's detachment of the United States 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
He was bought by the U.S. Army in 1868 in St. Louis, Missouri and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry liked the 15 hand bay gelding and bought him for his own personal mount, to be ridden only in battle. In 1868, while fighting the Comanche in Kansas, the horse was wounded in the hindquarters by an arrow, but continued to let Keogh fight from his back. Thus the horse was named Comanche to honor his bravery. Comanche was wounded many more times, always exhibiting the same toughness
On June 25, 1876, Captain Keogh rode Comanche at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, led by Lt Col. George Armstrong Custer. The battle became famous when their entire detachment was killed. Comanche was found two days after the battle, badly wounded. After being transported to Fort Lincoln, he was slowly nursed back to health.
After a lengthy convalescence, Comanche was retired and orders were given that he should never be ridden again. As an honor, he was made Second Commanding Officer of the 7th Cavalry. At Fort Riley, he became something of a pet, occasionally leading parades and indulging in a fondness for beer.
Comanche died in 1890. He is one of only two horses in United States history to be buried with full military honors, the other being Black Jack
I decided to illustrate it before they rode into battle, maybe they were getting to know each other
This took me Ages to do