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Episode #30 – What If Custer Had Survived “Custer’s Last Stand”?: The War on History, Confederate Monuments, and If Custer Would Support Trump Today

What if Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer had survived the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn?  Listen to our exclusive author interview with bestselling author H.W. Crocker III as he discusses his new historical fiction book, Armstrong, which is part of The Custer of the West Series; the war on history; and the Confederate monument controversy. Plus, learn whether Custer would support President Trump today!


  • 3:25 Harry Crocker III reminds us who exactly Lt. Col. Custer was, including why Custer really graduated last in his West Point class, and even tells us his favorite (true) story about Custer!
  • 6:45 You know Custer from the Battle of Little Bighorn, but do you know about Custer’s courageous calvary feats at Gettysburg?
  • 10:00 Learn about Custer’s political problems after the Civil War, and how he was almost a Democratic nominee for president!
  • 16:00 Crocker tells us about how the different sides in the Civil War, both grey and blue, saw each other with sympathy – and why that loss of sympathy has such destructive consequences today.
  • 21:15 Harry explains why Virginia really seceded, and what some Southerners thought about secession. Hint: it’s not what you’d expect.
  • 25:30 Why, of all the Civil War characters, did Harry choose to write about Custer?


  • H.W. Crocker III is a former speechwriter for then-Governor of California Pete Wilson, the author of Don’t Tread on Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting, and Vice President & Executive Editor of Regnery Publishing.
  • Harry helped re-found Regnery Publishing in Washington, D.C. as its editor in chief in 1986, a position he held for five years before becoming a speechwriter to Governor Pete Wilson of California. He rejoined Regnery in 1995, and has led the editorial team through a succession of bestselling seasons.
  • Educated in England and California, his journalism has been widely published in many outlets, including National Review, The American Spectator, The Washington Times, and The National Catholic Register. He has also written a history of the Catholic Church, Triumph, and the prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey. PIC to civil war
  • He lives on the site of a former Confederate encampment near the battlefields of Northern Virginia.


  • Have you ever wondered what might have happened if General Custer survived the Battle of the Little Bighorn? Wonder no more, for this is the premise of Armstrong. H.W. Crocker III immerses you right alongside Custer, telling the tale in Custer’s voice to let the reader in on all the shades of hilarity, nobility, and vanity that conspire to make up the infamous general.


  • Don’t miss a single hilarious adventure – buy your copy of Armstrong HERE!
  • Read about H.W. Crocker III!


Stephen Coonts, bestselling author of Flight of the Intruder and Liberty’s Last Stand, says:

“Droll satire, this is the West as it might have been if the Sioux hadn’t saved us.”

Phillip Jennings, author of Wall Street Heat, says:

“If Custer died for our sins, Armstrong resurrects him for our delight. Not just the funniest book ever written about an Indian massacre, but laugh out loud funny, period. The best historical comic adventure since George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman.”

Rob Long, Emmy- and Golden Globes-nominated screenwriter and co-executive producer of “Cheers,” says:

“Crocker has created a hilarious hero for the ages. Armstrong rides through the Old West setting right the wrongs, and setting wrong the rights, in a very funny cascade of satire, history, and even patriotism.” 


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