George Custer

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 Indian Wars. Today he is most remembered for a disastrous military engagement known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Raised in Michigan and Ohio, Custer was admitted to West Point in 1858, where he was a low-ranked student. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, all potential officers were needed, and Custer was called to serve with the Union Army. Custer acquired a solid reputation during the Civil War. He fought in the first major engagement, the First Battle of Bull Run. His association with several important officers helped his career, as did his performance as an aggressive commander. Before war's end, Custer was promoted to the temporary rank (brevet) of major general. (At war's end, this was reduced to the permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel). At the conclusion of the Appomattox Campaign, in which he and his troops played a decisive role, Custer was on hand at General Robert E. Lee's surrender. After the Civil War, Custer was dispatched to the West to fight in the Indian Wars. The overwhelming defeat in his final...
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  • City woman's ancestry has links to U.S. military history

    Cumberland Times-News 3 days ago
    CUMBERLAND -- When Cumberland resident Harlan Smith attended her family reunion, she began an adventure that followed the steps of famed Gen. George Custer and Capt. George Yates. The journey not only inspired Harlan, but led to experiences she never dreamed ...
  • 'I was able to visit her grave'

    Cumberland Times-News 4 days ago
    CUMBERLAND --When Cumberland resident Harlan Smith attended her family reunion, she began an adventure that followed the steps of famed Gen. George Custer and Capt. George Yates. This journey not only inspired Harlan, but led to experiences she never dreamed ...
  • Publishers, authors fight back as Amazon's power grows

    San Francisco Chronicle 2 weeks ago
    East Bay writer Edan Lepucki spent three years dreaming up a wild story about a young couple in a mysterious postapocalyptic universe. But the debut novelist could never have imagined how reality would turn stranger than fiction, bringing together a ...
  • Publishers, authors brawl with Amazon over tactics

    San Francisco Chronicle 2 weeks ago
    East Bay writer Edan Lepucki spent three years dreaming up a wild story about a young couple in a mysterious postapocalyptic universe. But the debut novelist could never have imagined how reality would turn stranger than fiction, bringing together a ...
  • Custer House being rededicated at Fort Lincoln

    The Associated Press 2 weeks ago
    MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Officials are planning a ceremony on Sunday to rededicate the Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan. The replica of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Commanding Officers Quarters was dedicated 25 years ago ...
  • Making the Alamo even more memorable

    San Antonio Express-News 3 weeks ago
    CROW AGENCY, Mont. -- For more than a century, visitors to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument encountered a memorial solely to the U.S. soldiers, scouts and civilians who died during the two-day battle in June 1876. Scattered throughout the Montana ...

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