Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876

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Birth 1839-12-05
Death 1876-06-25

Biographical notes:

The Black Hills Expedition, the 7th United States Cavalry commanded by Gen. Custer, under the authority of Gen. Terry, was to reconnoiter a route to the Black Hills and explore their interior. It left from Fort Hall July 2, 1874 and returned in August.

From the description of Black Hills Expedition order and dispatch book, 1874. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702127547

In 1867, Custer, Lt. Col. of the 7th Cavalry, was operating in Kansas and Nebraska, engaging the Indians under orders of Lt. Gen. William T. Sherman, commander of the Division of the Missouri. General Henry Beebee Carrington was post commander at Fort McPherson.

From the description of Documents relating to George Armstrong Custer, 1867-1892. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702138666

George A. Custer was a lieutenant colonel in the 7th United States (U.S.) Cavalry Regiment.

From the description of George A. Custer papers, undated. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 47647768

John Maguire was an actor who, during the late 1860s and early 1870s, performed in many theaters throughout the American West. From 1875 to 1877, Maguire appeared on the stage in the mining towns of Butte, Deer Lodge, Pioneer, Philipsburg, and Louisville, Montana Territory. On his way to Montana by Missouri River steamboat, Maguire stopped at Fort Abraham Lincoln, and received a letter of recommendation from George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876). Custer commanded the Seventh U.S. Cavalry Regiment as a lieutenant colonel at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (June 25-26, 1876). Maguire left Montana for Oregon in 1877, but returned in 1880 to manage theaters in Anaconda, Bozeman, Butte, Deer Lodge, Missoula, Helena, and Great Falls for the next twenty years.

From the description of George Armstrong Custer letter, 1875. (Montana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 76934768

Army officer.

From the description of George Armstrong Custer letter and order, 1865-1874. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450088

Brigadier general commanding 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, 1863 Nov. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70971317

George Armstrong Custer was born at New Rumley, Ohio. He spent much of his childhood with a half sister who lived in Monroe, Michigan. Immediately after high school he enrolled at West Point Military Academy and eventually graduated at the bottom of his class in 1861. As an officer of the guard, he failed to stop two cadets from fighting; he received a court martial as a result.

From the description of George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth (Bacon) Custer collection [microform], 1856-1933. (Kansas State Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 49497076

George Armstrong Custer was a famous cavalry officer during the Civil War and the Indian wars of the 1860s and 1870s. Elizabeth Bacon Custer, his wife, was the author of several works about Army life on the plains. After the death of her husband, she dedicated her life to defending his honor.

From the description of Papers, 1857-1929. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122652592

From the guide to the George A. and Elizabeth B. Custer papers, 1857-1929, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Army officer met death with his command at Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.

From the description of ALS, 1871 September 4 : Galt House, Louisville, Ky., to "Osborne." (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 16837888

General in the Cavalry during the Civil War.

From the description of George Armstrong Custser letter, Oct. 29, 1864. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34420169

George A. Custer, commander of the 7th Cavalry in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Frederick W. Benteen was senior captain of the 7th Cavalry, who commanded three companies at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Elizabeth Bacon Custer was General Custer's wife.

From the description of George Armstrong Custer papers, 1858-[not before 1887]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702137388

American soldier.

From the description of Autograph letter signed "Bachelor Boy" : [n.p.], to Mollie [J. Holland in Cadiz], 1856 Dec. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270515485


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