Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer

By: Urwin, Gregory J.W.

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Hardcover with dust jacket, black paper over burgundy cloth spine with gilt spine titles, 16 by 24 cm, 308 pp., illus. Near fine, unread copy with only faint signs of shelf wear and a tiny remainder dot on the bottom edge. From the publisher: “Custer Victorious is a bold and fast-paced study that dares to strip away the scandalous gossip and derogatory myths of past generations to present, for perhaps the first time in print, a reasonable and accurate view of America’s most controversial and intriguing soldier, George Armstrong Custer. Ever since his spectacular death at the Little Big Horn on 25 June 1876, Custer’s name has been synonymous with defeat in American popular culture, and in recent years he has become the undeserving scapegoat for the many crimes the United States has perpetrated against the American Indian. But George Armstrong Custer was anything but a loser, a villain, or a poor soldier. Born to a humble Ohio country blacksmith, having graduated from West Point at the bottom of his class, Custer possessed no political or personal influence to speak of, but he demonstrated a conspicuous daredevil brand of courage and an uncanny, intuitive grasp of cavalry tactics that brought him nationwide recognition and a meteoric promotion during his Civil War career. Raised from staff captain to brigadier general on 29 June 1863 during the darkest days of the struggle for the North--Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania--young Custer inflicted the first clear-cut defeat ever dealt by Yankee horsemen to the legendary J. E. B. Stuart and his near-invincible Confederate cavalry four days later on a field three miles east of Gettysburg. After that, victories came to the hard-riding, hard-hitting blond cavalier in an almost uninterrupted string. To a hero-hungry Northern public, he was lauded as the dauntless ‘Boy General,’ and to his adoring troopers he was ‘Old Curly,’ a long-haired hell-raiser who shared their every danger and led them to one smashing success after another. ‘His name is our battle cry,’ bragged one of his officers. ‘Under him a man is ashamed to be cowardly. Under him our men can achieve wonders.’ Custer Victorious captures the spirit of that death-defying horseman and sets it in the larger perspective of the most agonizing conflict in American history. Based on official records, eyewitness reports, and the letters, diaries, and memoirs of the men who fought under the Boy General during the bloodiest and most glorious years in his tempestuous career, Custer Victorious is more than just another military history book. It is a sober evaluation of Custer’s contribution to the preservation of the Union and of his character as a soldier and a military commander. Without it any true understanding of his subsequent career and the disaster that claimed his life is virtually impossible.”

Title: Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer

Author Name: Urwin, Gregory J.W.

Categories: Civil War,

Publisher: Edison, NJ, Blue & Grey Press: 1983

ISBN Number: 0785807489

ISBN Number 13: 9780785807483

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: near fine

Jacket Condition: very good

Seller ID: 3625