George Armstrong 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. At the start of the Civil War, Custer was a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his class's graduation was accelerated so that they could enter the war. Custer graduated last in his class and served at the First Battle of Bull Run as a staff officer for Major General George B. McClellan in the Army of the Potomac's 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Early in the Gettysburg Campaign, Custer's association with cavalry commander Major General Alfred Pleasonton earned him a brevet promotion from First Lieutenant to Brigadier General of United States Volunteers at the age of 23.
|George Armstrong Custer|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1861–76|
|Rank||Major General of Volunteers Lieutenant Colonel (Regular Army)|
|Commands held||Michigan Brigade|
3rd Cavalry Division
7th U.S. Cavalry
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Other websites change
- "George Armstrong Custer – Little Bighorn Battlefield NM". National Park Service. 2000. Archived from the original on 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2008-05-25.