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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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Excellent biography and history share brother David.
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Thank you, my friend SGT (Join to see) for reminding us that George Armstrong Custer was promoted to Brigadier General of the Federal cavalry on June 29, 1863 at the age of 23.

He graduated from USMA, West Point in June 1861. His cullum [graduation] number is 1,966 [for comparison mine is 37,403]. He graduated last in this class of 34. During the Civil War, he was promoted to BG U.S. Volunteers in 1863; was wounded at the Battle of Culpeper Court House in September 1863; had 11 horses shot out from under him in combat, was promoted to MG U.S. Volunteers in 1865.
Sadly he was most infamous from the Battle of Little Big Horn River, Montana on June 25, 1876 which decimated much of his Seventh Cavalry Regiment

Images:
1. George Custer at left photographed in Virginia in 1862.
2. 1859 USMA Cadet George Armstrong 'Autie' Custer, ca. 1859.
3. 1863 George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer-Brady-Handy
4. 1862 George Armstrong Custer, right, with his captured West Point classmate CSA Lieutenant James B. Washington and an escaped slave after the Battle of Fair Oaks, or Seven Pines, VA.

Background from ohiohistorycentral.org/w/George_A._Custer
"George A. Custer
George Armstrong Custer was an American military leader who became known as a cavalry commander for the Union during the American Civil War and in the opening of the West in the years after this conflict.

Custer was born on December 5, 1839, in New Rumley, Ohio. He attended common schools in Ohio and briefly enrolled in a private academy. Custer was a bright student, but he disliked studying. Nevertheless, he secured an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1857. He graduated in July 1861, ranking last in his class. He participated in the Battle of First Bull Run with the Fifth Regiment of the United States Cavalry. Following the battle, he briefly served on the staff of General Philip Kearney. During the autumn of 1861, he returned to Monroe, Michigan, which had become his hometown. While visiting his sister, he pledged to abstain from alcohol. He honored this pledge for the remainder of his life.

Custer returned to active duty in February 1862. He led various cavalry raids against Confederate positions in northern Virginia, before he traveled to the James River Peninsula with the Army of the Potomac. During George McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, he first oversaw the use of hot-air balloons to spy on Confederate forces. McClellan eventually made Custer his aide-de-camp and promoted him to the rank of captain. Upon McClellan's removal from command of the Army of the Potomac, Custer returned to the cavalry. He commanded a division of cavalry under General Alfred Pleasanton during late 1862 and early 1863, participating in the Battles of Brandy Station and Aldie. On June 29, 1863 Custer was promoted to the rank of brigadier-general, and he took command of the Second Brigade, Third Division, of the Union Cavalry Corps. He participated in the Battle of Gettysburg and was successful against General J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry. In the battle of Culpeper, Virginia, Custer was wounded in the leg and was forced to take a leave of absence from active duty.

Custer returned to the cavalry in 1864. He served in the Army of the Potomac, leading cavalry raids against the Army of Northern Virginia. He also led raids against Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital and participated in the Battle of Trevillian Station. During the late summer and early autumn of 1864, Custer was transferred to the Army of the Shenandoah, where he led his cavalry brigade in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign against Confederate forces under Jubal Early. He performed well during the campaign, receiving complimentary reports from his commanding officer, General Philip Sheridan and was promoted to major general of volunteers during the winter of 1864-1865. During 1865, Custer continued to serve under Sheridan. By early spring, the Union's Army of the Shenandoah and Army of the Potomac had united against the Confederacy's Army of Northern Virginia. These combined armies forced the Army of Northern Virginia to surrender in early April 1865.

Custer remained in the army following the Civil War. He was first assigned to Texas and was eventually placed in command of the Seventh United States Cavalry Regiment as a lieutenant colonel. From 1867 to 1871, the Seventh Cavalry participated in several offensives against American Indians in the West -- principally, against the Cheyenne. Custer performed quite well in these conflicts. Nevertheless, Custer came into conflict with superior officers. In 1871, he faced a court-martial for failing to follow orders and for being absent from duty without permission. Custer was found guilty of the various charges and sentenced to a year without pay and a demotion in rank.

In 1871, the Seventh Cavalry was divided into two separate detachments. One portion was located at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and the second part was dispatched to South Carolina. Custer spent the next two years with the detachment in Kentucky. In 1873, Custer led the Seventh Cavalry to the Dakotas to protect workers on the Northern Pacific Railroad. Custer's reports inspired many white Americans to come to the Black Hills to seek gold and silver.

The influx of whites into American Indian territory angered the Sioux nation living in the area. A war resulted between the Sioux and the United States. In 1876, Custer was instructed to help drive the Sioux and Cheyenne onto reservations. He was to work in conjunction with units under the command of General George Crook and Colonel John Gibbon. On June 25, 1876, as the Seventh Cavalry approached the Little Big Horn River, the soldiers encountered a Sioux village. Although Custer had been asked to work in conjunction with the other two detachments, he took the offensive. He divided his force and advanced on the Sioux. The Sioux warriors greatly outnumbered Custer and his men. The American Indians succeeded in defeating the United States soldiers, killing Custer in the process.

George Armstrong Custer is buried at the United States Military Academy at West Point."

The Controversial Life of George Armstrong Custer: Civil War, Last Stand, Bio, Facts (1996)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih2m4XNkgj8


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LTC John Griscom
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Few bottles short of a six pack. Time-Life published an Old West series and in one of them was a story of Custer's first trip to the West. He and his troops had gone on a patrol and Custer saw some buffalo.
He sent the troops back to the post and he rode off to shoot a buffalo. He was going to use his pistol and somehow wound up shooting his horse and had to walk about 20 miles back to post.
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