Custer Monument at Hunterstown

The George Custer monument at Hunterstown, Pennsylvania. Located just a few miles east of Gettysburg, it was here on July 2, 1863 that Custer would lead Company A, 6th Michigan Cavalry against the Cobb Legion. It was his first charge as a Brigadier General. The Legion was commanded by one of Custer’s former West Point classmates, Pierce Manning Butler Young and was acting as the rearguard to Wade Hampton’s brigade. During the charge, Custer would have his horse shot out from under him but would be saved by an orderly, Private Norvill Churchill of the 1st Michigan Cavalry.
The monument is located to the rear of a ridge that Custer’s Michigan Brigade occupied during the battle.

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