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 was admitted to West Point in 1857 and graduated last in his class of 1861. He developed a strong reputation during the Civil War, participating in the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, near Washington, DC. He was a highly effective cavalry commander. Custer was brevetted to brigadier general at age 23, less than a week before the Battle of Gettysburg. He was wounded in the Battle of Culpeper Court House on September 13, 1863. He was awarded another star and brevetted to major general rank. Custer played a decisive role in the Appomattox Campaign and was present at Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender.
Custer reverted to his permanent rank of captain and was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the 7th Cavalry Regiment in July 1866. In 1867, he was dispatched to the west to fight in the American Indian Wars. On June 25, 1876, while leading the Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory against a coalition of Native American tribes, he and his detachment, which included two of his brothers, were killed. The battle is popularly known as Custer’s Last Stand.
Offering a cover, addressed in the hand of Custer to his wife at Fort Riley, Kansas. Wonderful signature. Easy to frame. Comes with a 4 pp, original copy of General Orders, No. 168, December 28, 1865, with a list of Major Generals and other officers, including Custer, who were mustered out of Civil War service. Nice full-length image of Custer included.
Small toned area to the cover. Two holes to the general orders used to store the document.
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