On Nov. 27, 1868, Custer and the Seventh Cavalry charged into a Cheyenne village on the Washita River in Indian Territory. The result was a massacre of children, women and elders of the tribe and the total destruction of their camp by burning. The horses owned by the Cheyenne were slaughtered. George A. Custer chose to attack the village and murder women and children. Thus he also chose his manner of death, by massacre in 1876 at the Little Big Horn River.