Battle of the Little Bighorn 1876, Gustave Korn, Comanche (horse), German Americans, Survivor of Custer’s Massacre


Almost all of these claims of men having survived Custer’s Massacre at the Battle of the Little Bighorn have proven to be false, Gustave Korn’s case has merit. He was with Company I of Custer’s Battalion when it was attacked and later overwhelmed by the Indians. Korn claimed that his horse was wounded, became unmanageable, and carried him away from the Custer’s Battalion before it was wiped out. The circumstantial evidence supports his claim, and many of the other men in the Seventh Cavalry believed him. Korn was also famous because he cared for Comanche, the horse that was badly wounded at Custer’s Massacre.

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Winkler, A. (2013). The case for a Custer Battalion survivor: Private Gustave Korn’s story. Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 63(1), 45-55, 94-95.

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