Custer's Covered Way

Custer's Covered Way (HM790)

Location: Newport News, VA 23608
Country: United States of America

N 37° 10.853', W 76° 32.113'

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1862 Peninsula Campaign

George Armstrong Custer had the dubious honor of graduating last in the 1861 class at West Point. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 5th U.S. Cavalry and fought with the Army of the Potomac in almost every major battle from Bull Run to Appomattox.

During the Peninsula Campaign, Lieutenant Custer served with distinction as a staff officer and scout. He made an uneasy observation flight in the balloon Constitution at Warwick Court House and wrote that "My confidence in balloons at that time was not sufficient." In addition, Custer supervised the construction of the covered way before you and the connecting rifle pit for the Berdan Sharpshooters. A covered way protected troops moving between the main line and secondary positions. During the Battle of Williamsburg on May 5, 1862, Custer discovered several abandoned redoubts on the Confederate left flank. By seizing these fortifications, the Union Army gained a tactical advantage.

Custer earned a reputation for reckless bravery and was advanced from captain to brigadier general in 1863. At the [at the] age of 23, Custer commanded a cavalry brigade and was one of the youngest generals in the Union Army. He ended the war as a brevet major general and commanded a cavalry division. Thereafter, Custer served as the lieutenant colonel of the 7th U.S. Cavalry and fought in the Indian Wars. On June 25, 1876, the Sioux and Cheyenne killed Custer and 264 troopers at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
HM NumberHM790
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 7:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363722 N 4116042
Decimal Degrees37.18088333, -76.53521667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.853', W 76° 32.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 51.18" N, 76° 32' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)757, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10001 Constitution Way, Newport News VA 23608, US
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