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George Armstrong Custer
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Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union 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

Indian Wars

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.

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