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Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Major General George Armstrong Custer

 
 
Major General George Armstrong Custer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, January 26, 2008
1. Major General George Armstrong Custer Marker
Inscription.
1839 ---- 1876
Killed in Battle of Little Big Horn River, Montana, in Sioux Indian War.
Was Brig. Gen. Commander of 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, Michigan Cavalry Regiments and Pennington's Battery at the Battle of Hanover June 30, 1863.

In the 1850's, J.W. Gitt planted a silver maple near his residence on the spot indicated by the star and circle in the pavement below. Before and after the Battle of Hanover, June 30, 1863, Gen. Custer tied his horse to this tree. After the war, it became known locally as "The Custer Maple," and stood as a living memorial of the historic engagement which occurred here.
Later in the 19th century, borough authorities sought to remove the maple as a public nuisance. In the only court case in which he ever appeared as litigant, a case ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gitt succeeded in preventing the destruction of this tree.
 
Location. 39° 48.007′ N, 76° 59.004′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (Pennsylvania Route 194) and Carlisle Street (Pennsylvania Route 94) on Broadway. Click for map. Marker is on the front of a building on the SE corner of the town square. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Star and Horseshoes image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, January 26, 2008
2. Star and Horseshoes
This marks the place where the silver maple stood.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Army of the Potomac (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Hanover (a few steps from this marker); General George Armstrong Custer (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilpatrick Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jacob Wirt House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hanover's Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Hanover.
 
Also see . . .
1. George Armstrong Custer bio. (Submitted on January 28, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. George Armstrong Custer at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,700 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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