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Gen George Armstrong Custer
Birth: Dec. 5, 1839
New Rumley
Harrison County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1876
Little Big Horn Battle Site
Big Horn County
Montana, USA

Civil War Union Major General. One of the most famous and controversial figures in United States Military history. Graduated last in his West Point Class (June 1861). Spent first part of the Civil War as a courier and staff officer. Promoted from Captain to Brigadier General of Volunteers just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, and was given command of the Michigan "Wolverines" Cavalry brigade. He helped defeat General Stuart's attempt to make a cavalry strike behind Union lines on the 3rd Day of the Battle (July 3, 1863), thus markedly contributing to the Army of the Potomac's victory (a large monument to his Brigade now stands in the East Cavalry Field in Gettysburg). Participated in nearly every cavalry action in Virginia from that point until the end of the war, always performing boldly, most often brilliantly, and always seeking publicity for himself and his actions. Ended the war as a Major General of Volunteers and a Brevet Major General in the Regular Army. Upon Army reorganization in 1866, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the soon to be renown 7th United States Cavalry. Fought in the various actions against the Western Indians, often with a singular brutality (exemplified by his wiping out of a Cheyenne village on the Washita in November 1868). His exploits on the Plains were romanticized by Eastern Unites States newspapermen, and he was elevated to legendary status in his time. His military career culminated in the June 25, 1876, Battle of Little Big Horn and his "Last Stand," where he and most of his regiment were wiped out in one of the best known military actions of the 19th century. To this day General Custer's deeds and place in history spawn much debate and historical controversy. His brilliant Civil War record cannot be overlooked, nor can his brutal part in the Wars against the Indians. Custer's body was buried on the battlefield, but later exhumed and reburied at West Point. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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 Parents:
  Emanuel Henry Custer (1806 - 1892)
  Maria Ward Custer (1807 - 1882)
 
 Siblings:
  David Kirkpatrick (1823 - 1901)**
  Lydia Ann Kirkpatrick Reed (1825 - 1906)**
  Brice W. Custer (1831 - 1904)**
  John A. Custer (1833 - 1836)*
  James Custer (1836 - 1837)*
  Samuel Custer (1838 - 1839)*
  George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876)*
  George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876)
  Nevin Johnson Custer (1842 - 1915)*
  Thomas Ward Custer (1845 - 1876)*
  Boston Custer (1848 - 1876)*
  Margaret Emma Custer Calhoun Maugham (1852 - 1910)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Little Big Horn Battlefield *
Crow Agency
Big Horn County
Montana, USA
*Former burial location
 
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Originally Created by: Publico
Record added: Mar 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50416053
Gen George Armstrong Custer
Added by: Kathlene Bradford-Marks
 
Gen George Armstrong Custer
Added by: Wilbur Burt
 
Gen George Armstrong Custer
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I had forgotten General Custard was in the Civil War, if I was ever taught that he was. I think he was a good man and an arrogant one but that was probably what it took to win all the battles he did. I think it is a shame that he is always remembered for ...(Read more)
- Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
 Added: Oct. 13, 2014
Rest in peace general, you earned your place in history
- oldguy
 Added: Aug. 9, 2014
I myself am half Cherokee and have been told many stories of how my people were betrayed, but I know that the Indians had their part in betrayal also, I forgive those on both sides of this awful senseless struggle for life in the Indian Wars, so Rest In P...(Read more)
- J.Richard Davis
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014
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