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 George Armstrong Custer

George Armstrong Custer

New Rumley, Harrison County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Jun 1876 (aged 36)
Little Big Horn Battle Site, Big Horn County, Montana, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section 27, Row A, Grave 1
Memorial ID 249 · View Source
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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.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Armstrong Custer (5 Dec 1839–25 Jun 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 249, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .