George Armstrong Custer: Respected General or Civil War Embarrassment?

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How would you feel if you were the person that lead 231 men to their deaths?(George Custer) My guess would be pretty horrible. Well, there is one man in history that did just that and his name was George Armstrong Custer. What do you think: respectable man of war or an embarrassment to the civil war heros? George Armstrong Custer was born on the fifth of December in the year 1839 in New Rumley, Ohio. He grew up in Harrison County with his siblings and proud parents, Emanuel Custer and Maria Ward Kirkpatrick.(George A. Custer) The family consisted of George born in 1839, Nevin born in 1843, Thomas in 1845, Boston in 1848, and little Margaret in 1852.(Kent) Since George or “Autie” as they called him, was the oldest he often helped …show more content…
While he was in these schools he was living with his older half sister Ann and her husband David Reed. In 1855, George returned to his home town and went to McNeely Normal School. The girls he later taught in District Number Five in Cadiz, found him very handsome because of his boyish complexion. He had golden hair and blue eyes that gleamed and he stood almost six feet tall. His friends later gave him the nickname Fanny because of his fair and girlish appearance.(Kent) Going to a military academy seemed to appeal to George so in May of 1856 he decided to get an appointment at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. The January of 1857 was a happy time for Custer because that was when he received his academy appointment with the United States Secretary of War Jefferson Davis. While at the academy he would be provided with a free college education along with the other cadets attending. On a high bluff above the Hudson River was where West Point was located and where George finally entered in June of 1857, as did 67 other new cadets.(Kent) During the first few months all of the new cadets learned the basics of drill and moved into a stone dormitory building called the North Barracks. Even though the cadets learned a lot of basic drills and physical activities, they also had to work on academics. They studied French, Spanish, English, mathematics, philosophy, drawing, geology, geography, chemistry, history,

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