“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tontogany in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Custer Homestead

Custer Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2009
1. Custer Homestead Marker
Inscription. Near this site stood the former Custer Homestead of Emanuel and Maria Custer from 1856-1865. For two years it was the boyhood home of Captain Tom Custer, younger brother of famed General George Armstrong Custer. At age 16, Tom misled a recruiter in neighboring Gilead, Ohio about his age and enlisted in the Civil War. He later earned two Congressional Medals of Honor, the first person in history to do so, for capturing enemy flags at Namozine Church on April 3, 1865 and at Sailor's Creek on April 6, 1865. His parents relocated to Monroe, Michigan during the Civil War. Tom continued serving in the Army during the Indian Wars in the West and often visited his brother Nevin in Tontogany. He, along with his brothers George and Boston, brother-in-law James Calhoun, and nephew Harry Reed, were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.
Erected 2008 by Custer Homestead Marker Fund and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-87.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 25.355′ N, 83° 44.309′ W. Marker is in Tontogany, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on North Street, on the left
Custer Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 26, 2009
2. Custer Homestead Marker
View of historical marker on the grounds of the Village of Tontogany's, Centennial Park.
when traveling west. Touch for map. This historical marker is located along the south side of North Street, right in the Centennial Park of the Village of Tontogany. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1865 North Street, Tontogany OH 43565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wood County's First Masonic Lodge (approx. ¾ mile away); The First Presbyterian Mission in the Maumee Valley (approx. 2.9 miles away); Maumee Indian Mission (approx. 3 miles away); John A. Wilson (approx. 3½ miles away); Browning Masonic Community (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Deposit / Roche de Bout (approx. 4½ miles away); Ohio Electric Railroad Bridge / Roche De Bout, Roche De Boeuf (approx. 4½ miles away); Bowling Green Fault (approx. 4½ miles away).
Also see . . .  Thomas Custer. Discussion of Thomas Custer's life and career. (Submitted on July 2, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
Categories. HeroesMilitaryNative AmericansWar, US CivilWars, US Indian
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