Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Custer at Hanover
George Armstrong Custer had been promoted from Captain to Brigadier General on June 28, 1863, and been given command of the Michigan Brigade, which consisted of the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan cavalry regiments. Custer is shown commanding his men during the fighting with Major General "Jeb" Stuart's men in Hanover on June 30, 1863.
The description of the uniform worn by General Custer was provided by Captain James H. Kidd, Commander of Company E, 6th Michigan Cavalry. Captain Kidd is shown on the left holding binoculars.
The men of Company E are shown armed with the Army model 1860 Spencer rifle. This lever action repeater fired a .52 caliber rim fire cartridge and was accurate at 300 yards. A well-trained soldier could fire seven aimed shots in 30 seconds.
"...Looking back to see whence it came, my eyes were instantly riveted upon a figure only a few feet distant, whose appearance amazed if it did not for the moment amuse me. At first, I thought he might be a staff officer, conveying the commands of his chief. But it was at once apparent that he was giving orders, not delivering them, and that he was in command of the line."
- Captain James H. Kidd, upon seeing General Custer for the first
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° 47.6′ N, 76° 59.495′ W. Marker is in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of Frederick Street (Pennsylvania Route 194) and Stuart Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Frederick Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hanover PA 17331, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Consequences on the Battle of Gettysburg (here, next to this marker); The Confederates Invade Pennsylvania (a few steps from this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); J.E.B. Stuart's Jump (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forney Farms (approx. ¼ mile away); The Winebrenner Tannery (approx. ¼ mile away); Mother Loses Two Sons to War (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Winebrenner House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,533 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2017, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania.