The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero
James S Robbins
Author James Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated last in his class at West Point, went on to prove himself again and again as an extremely skilled cavalry leader. Robbins argues that Custer's undoing was his bold and cocky attitude, which caused the Army's bloodiest defeat in the Indian Wars.
Robbins also dives into Custer’s personal life, exploring his letters and other personal documents to reveal who he was as a person, underneath the military leader. The Real Custer is an exciting and valuable contribution to the legend and history of Custer that will delight Custer fans as well as readers new to the legend.
Involved the States, could not have been devised,” Morris Schaff wrote. The ballot was secret, with a voting box inside a long shed near the barracks. “The balloting was generally secret, for several reasons,” recalled Jacob B. Rawles of the Class of May 1861. The Northern and Southern cadets, especially roommates, held their friendships “in high regard, and as the feeling was very intense through out the country, before the impending crisis of that four years of fratricidal warfare, our personal.
Stall, his wounds untended, and brought him to Custer. “When we first saw each other he shed tears and threw his arms about my neck,” Custer wrote, and we talked of old times and asked each other hundreds of questions about classmates on opposing sides. I carried his meals to him, gave him stockings of which he stood in need, and some money. This he did not want to take, but I forced it on him. He burst into tears and said it was more than he could stand. He insisted on writing in my notebook.
Relieved of command and sent west, and by May he was commanding Sherman’s cavalry for the upcoming march through Georgia. “I know that Kilpatrick is a hell of a damned fool,” Sherman said, “but I want just that sort of man to command my cavalry on this expedition.” Once again Custer glided over it all. He was supposed to have played only a supporting role in the operation, but wound up enjoying another round of national fame. Compared to the failure and scandal of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid,.
Violence be offered the citizens.” He was to confine his activities to forage, barns, mills, and livestock. “This destruction may as well commence at once,” he wrote, “and the responsibility of it must rest upon the authorities at Richmond, who have acknowledged the legitimacy of guerrilla bands.”36 This campaign also failed. Some of Mosby’s companies relocated for the winter, but they returned in the spring. Mosby was wounded in a fight but never captured, and Sheridan could only take solace in.
Bound to whip them.”16 In the center a desperate struggle was under way. Union Private Theodore Gerrish from Maine wrote, “It was hot work, and in many places it was a hand to hand fight. Men deliberately pointed their rifles in each other’s faces and fired. Clubbed muskets came crushing down in deadly force upon human skulls. Men were bayoneted in cold blood. Feats of individual bravery were performed on that afternoon which, if recorded, would fill a volume.”17 The rebels fell back from their.