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George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer was born in Harrison County Ohio on December 5 1839 Although Custer is famous and remembered especially in folklore as a hero at the last stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn he did in fact achieve great fame during the Civil War Custer was a great soldier and leader but never conformed to army regulations being condescending at best toward these regulations well as military leaders Having gone to West Point he graduated last in his class in 1861 Three days after he graduated he found himself at the First Battle of Bull Run This led to a military career during the war that carried him into every major battle of the war to Appomattox Court House George Custer was quite hardheaded and reckless always looking for that impending glory Through his actions he made more enemies than friends but was idolized by millions in the North for his courage and impertinence in leading his many cavalry battles Totally acting without fear in battle he had eleven horses shot under him during the war escaping injury many times having been wounded only twice In consideration of his demeanor that was an amazing fact In addition to his cavalry achievements he was the first Union officer to make observations in combat in a balloon Now a captain he continued to attract attention to himself on the field of battle He got the attention of his commanding officers Major General William Smith Major General Philip Kearney Major General George B McClellan and Major General Alfred Pleasonton Following Custers courageous cavalry charge at the Battle of Aldie Virginia General Pleasonton took closer notice and promoted Captain Custer to the rank of brigadier general on June 29 1863 At the young age of twenty-three Custer had become the youngest general in the Union army Consequently he was placed in command of the 2nd Brigade 3rd Cavalry Division and went
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