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Hunterstown in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer

 
 
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
1. Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument
Inscription. (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
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2013
2. Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Marker
A new base has been added to the bottom of the Custer Monument.
#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
 
Erected 2008 by Grand Rapids and Holland/Zeeland Civil War Round Tables.
 
Location. 39° 52.964′ N, 77° 9.778′ W. Marker is in Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Hunterstown Road and Shrivers Corner Road (County Route 394), on the right when traveling north on Hunterstown Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pres. George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Hunterstown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacob Grass Hotel (about 600 feet away); Army of the Potomac (about 700 feet away); Revolutionary Soldiers in Great Conewago Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Soldiers in the Great Conewago Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Conewago Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Studebaker Wagon Shop (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hunterstown.
 
Also see . . .
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument image. Click for full size.
By Karl Stelly, August 13, 2014
3. Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument
Two small replica cannon have been added to the memorial recently.

1. The Battle of Hunterstown. A lesser known action in the Gettysburg Campaign. (Submitted on August 28, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Custer Marker in Hunterstown. Gettysburg Daily article. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Back of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
4. Back of Monument
Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
5. Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer Monument
Closeup of Custer Relief image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 11, 2013
6. Closeup of Custer Relief
Custer's Charge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
7. Custer's Charge
Just to the south along Hunterstown Road is Felty's Ridge. From the ridge, Custer led his charge forward against Wade Hampton's Confederates to the south on Gilbert Ridge (in the far distance). The brick house to the right of the road is the Felty House
The Gilbet House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2008
8. The Gilbet House
Further to the south, along Hunterstown Road. Custer's horse was killed in the near vicinity to the curve just beyond the Gilbert House. Pvt. Churchill rescued his General from the Confederates here.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,100 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Karl Stelly of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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