Deadlands: The Last Sons
After his defeat in the battle of Little Big Horn, Lt. Colonel Custer was discharged from the Union Army. Naturally, he blamed his loss and the discharge that followed on the Indians. He made revenge his life’s work, gathering a sizable army of mercenaries, freelancers and other folk. For a while, his camp was located on the eastern banks of the Missouri River in Dakota Territory, but after Indian raids in ’78 and ’79 resulted in the theft of hundreds of rifles and ammunition, Custer wisely chose to vacate the premises.
For quite a while his plan has been to wait until his sympathizers drummed up enough support in Washington, then return to the Sioux Nations and wipe the tribes off the map. In September 1880, Custer’s long wait is over. The slaughter of a dozen miners near Deadwood raises a chorus of outrage, and Custer decides the time to invade is now. He crosses the Missouri River and rides toward Deadwood with his force of nearly 3000 irregulars.