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
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. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail on the south side of Lee Hall Reservoir. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 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.
More about this marker. Two photographs appear near the bottom right of the marker. One shows “First Lieutenant George A. Custer (reclining at right) relaxes with Union officers at Cumberland Landing, May 1862. Courtesy of Library of Congress. The second photograph is a portrait of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer.
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 1,749 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.