What did Custer write during the Civil War-at the Battle of Antietam? Not long ago an important hand-written note (ANS) was located, in Virginia, not far from Washington, DC. The contents reveal a hands-on Battle Commander who at the moment of writing just happened to be Captain George Armstrong Custer. The rank of General would be George Custer's within two years.
CAPTAIN GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER'S IMPORTANT HAND-WRITTEN 1862 NOTE (ANS) - AUTHORED BY HIM AT THE SCENE OF THE FEROCIOUS BATTLE OF ANTIETAM - JUST AS THE CONFEDERATES WERE RETREATING
George Armstrong Custer – (1839 1876) was a Captain of the Army of the Potomac in 1862. The above Autographed Note Signed, by the dashing young Captain Custer, was written during the retreat of the Confederates - at Antietam in 1862. And a zealous young battlefield Captain (Custer) was in hot pursuit of the Confederates. Custer hurriedly writes from the Antietam Battlefield...."Col. Colburn ...We have captured another gun...a 12 pdr brass howitzer...Custer". At that time the young Cavalry Captain was attached to the Command of Major General George McClellan.RARE NOTE – 1862 – BY CAPT. GEORGE CUSTER – AT THE BATTLE OF THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM – ARCHIVAL FRAMING BY RICK BADWEY OF MUSEUM FRAMING IN OLDTOWN, ALEXANDRA, VIRGINIA–WASHINGTON,D.C.
Make no mistake, this is a major piece that deserves careful study. It is now in The Collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, also known as The American Heritage Collection.
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX IN 2009
When all is said on both sides, George Armstrong Custer's Military Philosophy seemed to equal this: to be eminently successful on a field of battle; pitch in against all odds and then extricate oneself-as well as your troops-if the going gets rough. At Battle of Little Bighorn not even Custer could save himself. For this truly was....."Custer's Last Stand"
MAJ. GEN. GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER
Provenance: Preserved among the Civil War Papers of Union General Henry Jackson Hunt (1819 – 1889), an aid-de-camp of Gen. George McClellan - at Antietam - Later The Army of the Potomac's Chief of Artillery - with the rank of Major General. General Hunt would have been handed the Antietam Note from the recipient - Col. Colburn.