Hanover in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Major General George Armstrong Custer
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. Touch 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. 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 (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Hanover's Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker). 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. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,742 times since then. Last updated on September 16, 2014, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.