Black-and-white photographic portrait of George Armstrong Custer and his wife at Fort Abraham Lincoln, Dakota Territory, 1874. Written on the back of the photograph is this summary: "Gen Custers smuggery at Fort Lincoln, Dakota." Image courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
Fort Abraham Lincoln, North Dakota, in winter, showing the stables, barracks, officer's houses, and other buildings Published between 1874 and 1889 Credit: Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library
(The Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in North Dakota). Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie lived on Fort Abraham Lincoln from 1873 until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the spring of 1876. Approximately 500 troops were also stationed there. Custer's first home at the fort was built in the summer of 1873, but it burned down in February 1874. Today, the house and seven other major fort buildings have been rebuilt.