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George Armstrong Custer

Michigan Historic Site

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
1. George Armstrong Custer Marker
Inscription. [Side A]:George Armstrong Custer

Raised in Monroe, George Armstrong Custer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1861. In 1863 he became a brigadier general and commanded the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. "Come On You Wolverine's!" was his battle cry while leading his men to victory over the Confederates at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Custer commanded a division in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 and his troops cut off the last avenue of escape for Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox Courthouse on April 19, 1865. After the Civil War Custer was appointed lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. On June 25, 1876, he gained notoriety at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where he and 266 others died. In 1877 his remains were reinterred at West Point.

[Side B]:"Sighting The Enemy"

Edward C. Potter's sculpture Sighting The Enemy depicts General George Armstrong Custer pulling his horse up before entering battle. Custer is presented at a young age; he was only twenty-three years old when he faced the Confederate cavalry at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Potter, educated at Amherst College, Boston Art Museum and in France, was selected because of his reputation for sculpting equestrian statues. Custer's widow, Libbe, was instrumental in his selection. The
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By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
2. "Sighting the Enemy" Marker
monument was originally dedicated at Washington and First streets on June 4, 1910 by President William H. Taft, Governor Fred M. Warner and Libbe Custer. Michigan Cavalry Brigade veterans serving on the monument commission included Colonel George C. Briggs, Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd and Lieutenant Frederick A. Nims.
 
Erected 1992 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number 638.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 55.088′ N, 83° 23.798′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of North Monroe Street (Michigan Route 50) and West Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling south on North Monroe Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monroe MI 48162, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General George A. Custer (a few steps from this marker); Major-General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (within shouting distance of this marker); First American Flag (within shouting
George Armstrong Custer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
3. George Armstrong Custer Marker
View of historical marker with Edward C. Potter's sculpture, Sighting The Enemy, in the background.
distance of this marker); Historic River Raisin (within shouting distance of this marker); Monroe Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Trading Post (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
 
Categories. HeroesMilitaryNative AmericansNotable PersonsWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
George Armstrong Custer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 16, 2009
4. George Armstrong Custer Marker
View of historical marker with Edward C. Potter's sculpture, Sighting The Enemy, in the background.
 
 
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