Little is known about the early life of Custer’s interpreter Isaiah Dorman. Sources conflict on his birth year and place. It has been written that he was born a free man in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while other sources state that he was born a slave on the D’Orman plantation in Louisiana or Alabama. Facts prior to 1865 have been murky. It was historian Robert Ege, in his 1966 article, Braves of all Colors, who made the suggestion that Dorman was an escaped slave from an escaped slave wanted poster.