Comments Posted By James R. Wharton
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JUNE 30, 1863

You report George Armstrong Custer as being a newly minted general. There were two other cavalry officers who became general officers the same day as Custer. They were:
1. Wesley Merritt, promoted from captain, who had been commmanding the Reserve Brigade of the 1st Division, Army of the Potomac since Chancellorsville.
2. Elon Farnsworth, promoted from captain, and given command of the 1st Brigade of the 3d Division, Army of the Potomac.

Custer was promoted from lieutenant (brevet captain) and given command of the 2nd Brigade of the 3d Division, Army of the Potomac. Both Custer and Merritt were West Point graduates. Farnsworth had enlisted in the Illinois cavalry in 1861.

Comment Posted By James R. Wharton On 30.06.2006 @ 12:58


 


 


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