Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer

Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer (HM6YE)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 52.964', W 77° 9.778'

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(Front Plaque):
"Wolverines"

Three-fourths of a mile south of this site on the Hunterstown Road, newly appointed Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer led the Michigan Cavalry Brigade (1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th Regiments) in his first charge against superior forces of Confederate cavalry under General Wade Hampton and Cobb's Legion on July 2, 1863. During the attack, Custer's horse was shot from under him. Without a horse but uninjured, he found himself prone to the mercy of Confederate blades that bore down on him. This decisive first encounter nearly proved fatal if not for the bravery and quick thinking of Norvell Francis Churchill, Company "L" 1st Michigan Cavalry, who deflected a saber blow and pulled the "boy general" to the back of his steed, extracting him from harms way.

(Back Plaque):
Dedicated on the
145th Anniversary
of the
Battle of Hunterstown
July 2, 2008
Sponsors:
Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table
Holland/Zeeland Civil War Round Table

Donors:

Patricia Hedgecoth, Great Granddaughter of
Pvt. Norvell F. Churchill

The family of Harrison David Churchill

In memory of 1st Sgt. George T. Patten, 6th Michigan Cavalry, Co. B.

Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table

Howell Civil War Round Table

DUVCW Eva Gray Tent #2, Grand Rapids, MI

David and Joan Broene

Charlene Dunn, Great Granddaughter of Lt. Daniel McNaughton, 7th MI Cav.

"The Historic Tate Farm" Roger and Laurie Harding

John Michael Dempsey
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HM NumberHM6YE
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByGrand Rapids and Holland/Zeeland Civil War Round Tables
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 315046 N 4416981
Decimal Degrees39.88273333, -77.16296667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 52.964', W 77° 9.778'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 52' 57.84" N, 77° 9' 46.68" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1870-17654 PA-394, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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