Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Custerís Covered Way
1862 Peninsula Campaign
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.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 10.853′ N, 76° 32.113′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Constitution Way, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail on the south side of Lee Hall Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mottís Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (about 500 feet away); Berdanís Sharpshooters (about 600 feet away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Leeís Mill (Dam Number 1) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (approx. 0.2 miles away); One-Gun Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
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Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers on the Two Forts Walking Trail in Newport News Park.
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. George Armstrong Custer Biography. (Submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,680 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.