Person:George Custer (10)

Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer
m. 23 Feb 1836
  1. Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer1839 - 1876
  2. Lt. Thomas Ward Custer1845 - 1876
  3. Boston Ward "Bos" Custer1848 - 1876
  4. Margaret Emma “Maggie” Custer1852 - 1910
  5. Nevan J. Custer
m. 9 Feb 1864
Facts and Events
Name[1] Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3][4] 5 Dec 1839 New Rumley, Harrison, Ohio, United States
Marriage 9 Feb 1864 Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, United Statesto Elizabeth Clift Bacon
Death[1][3] 25 Jun 1876 Little Big Horn, Montana, United States Combatant of the Little Bighorn
Burial[1] 10 Oct 1877 United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange, New York, United States
Reference Number? Q188205?

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George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars.

Custer graduated from West Point in 1861, bottom of his class, but as the Civil War was just starting, trained officers were in immediate demand. He worked closely with General McClellan and the future General Pleasonton, who both recognised his qualities as a cavalry leader, and he was brevetted brigadier general of Volunteers at age 23. At Gettysburg, he commanded the Michigan Cavalry Brigade ("Wolverines"), and defeated Jeb Stuart’s assault on Cemetery Ridge, while greatly outnumbered. In 1864, Custer served in the Overland Campaign and in Sheridan’s army in the Shenandoah Valley, defeating Jubal Early at Cedar Creek. His division blocked Lee's final retreat and received the first flag of truce from the Confederates, Custer being present at Lee’s surrender to U.S. Grant at Appomattox.

After the war, Custer was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the Regular Army, and sent west to fight in the Indian Wars. On June 25, 1876, while leading the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory against a coalition of Native American tribes, he was killed along with his entire detachment in an action known as "Custer's Last Stand".

His dramatic end was as controversial as the rest of his career, and his legacy remains deeply divided. His bold leadership in battle is unquestioned, but his legend was partly of his own fabrication, through his extensive journalism, and perhaps more through his wife’s energetic lobbying throughout her long widowhood.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 George Armstrong Custer, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. Historical Data Systems. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles [database online]. ( , 2009).

    Custer, George A., major-general, was born in New Rumley, Harrison county, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1839...

  3. 3.0 3.1 Memorial at West Point, in Find A Grave
    George Armstrong Custer.
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    Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)14 Jun 1930, SatPage 19 New Rumley Chosen for Custer Reunion. Custer Family Association meets.

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