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George Armstrong Custer

George Armstrong Custer
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George Armstrong Custer, 5 Dec 1839 - 25 Jun 1876
c. 1859
Quarter-plate ambrotype
Image: 10.8 x 8.3 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/4")
Case Open: 11.7 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm (4 5/8 x 7 9/16 x 1/2")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born New Rumley, Ohio
In June 1861—just two months after the start of the Civil War—George A. Custer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and entered the Union army as a second lieutenant in the Second Cavalry. One of the army’s rising stars, Custer was only twenty-three when he became the youngest officer promoted to brigadier general, in 1863. By the war’s end, his conspicuous bravery and battlefield daring had earned him the rank of major general in Philip Sheridan’s cavalry corps. Custer was still a West Point cadet when he posed for this portrait holding his Colt pocket pistol.
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