Today in Michigan History

June 29, 1863

George Armstrong Custer is appointed to command the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.

George A. Custer was raised in Monroe, MI and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1861.

Custer received command of the Michigan Calvary Brigade, which included four regiments of Michigan cavalrymen. Several days later, Custer and his command played a key role in stopping Rebel efforts to break the center of the Union line in the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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