Major General George Armstrong Custer

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George Armstrong Custer was a cavalry commander in the United States Civil War and the Indian Wars. While briefly promoted to United States Army Major General, his permanent rank was that of captain. George A. Custer fought in the first major battle of the Civil War - the First Battle of Bull Run - and was present at General Robert E. Lee's surrender.

After the civil war, Custer participated in various aggressions against Native Americans on behalf of the United States government. The most famous of these conflicts was the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where the Hunkpapa Lakota holy man 'Sitting Bull' called together the largest gathering of Plains Indians (specifically, the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans) ever seen.

George Armstrong Custer was born on December 5th 1839, raised in Michigan and Ohio, attended West Point in 1858, and died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn or "Custer's Last Stand" on June 25th, 1876. This photo of Custer was taken in 1865 while his rank was that of Major General.

Part of the U.S. Library of Congress's Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress).

Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.), photographer
  • Portrait photographs.
  • Wet collodion negatives.
  • 1 negative : glass, wet collodion.
  • Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0901
  • Title from Milhollen and Mugridge.
  • Corresponding print is in LOT 4192.
  • Forms part of Selected Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 (Library of Congress)


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