2) Before entering the United States Military Academy, Custer
attended the McNeely Normal School, later known as Hopedale Normal
College, in Hopedale, Ohio. While attending Hopedale, Custer, together
with classmate William Enos Emery, was known to have carried coal to
help pay for their room and board. After graduating from McNeely Normal
School in 1856, Custer taught school in Cadiz, Ohio.
3) Custer graduated as the first of 34 cadets in the Class of June 1861
from the United States Military Academy, just after the start of the
Civil War. Custer's West Point class (originally the Class of 1862) was
graduated a year early to meet the Army's pressing need for trained
4) After graduation from West Point,
Custer was commissioned a second lieutenant in the and immediately
joined his regiment at the First Battle of Bull Run.
the regiment he first joined?
- 2nd U.S. Cavalry
- 4th U.S. Cavalry
- 6th U.S. Cavalry
5) Custer was allowed to
lead an attack with four companies of the 4th Michigan Infantry across
the Chickahominy River above New Bridge. The attack was successful,
resulting in the capture of 50 Confederates seizing the first
Confederate battle flag of the war. Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan,
commander of the Army of the Potomac, termed it a "very gallant affair",
congratulated Custer personally, and brought him onto his staff as an
What was his temporary rank?
6) On June 28, 1863, three days prior to the Battle of
Gettysburg, General Pleasonton promoted Custer from captain to brigadier
general of volunteers. Despite having no direct command experience, he
became one of the youngest generals in the Union Army.
What was his
7) Custer established a reputation as an
aggressive cavalry brigade commander willing to take personal risks by
leading his Michigan Brigade into battle, such as the mounted charges at Hunterstown and East Cavalry Field at the Battle of Gettysburg.
is NOT a unit of Custer’s Michigan Brigade?
- 1st Michigan Cavalry
- 5th Michigan Cavalry
- 7th U.S. Cavalry
8) Custer's brigade lost 257
men at Gettysburg, the highest loss of any Union cavalry brigade.
9) Custer married Elizabeth Clift Bacon (1842–1933)
(whom he first saw when he was ten years old).
What was the date of
- February 9, 1862
- February 9, 1864
- February 9,
10) As part of the Army of the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps, who was
- Ambrose E. Burnside
- George Crook
11) Before the close of the war, Custer received brevet
promotions to brigadier general and major general in the regular army
and major general of volunteers (April 15, 1865). As with most wartime
promotions, even when issued under the regular army, these senior ranks
were only temporary.
What is the date of the promotions to major
- March 13, 1865
- April 13, 1865
- May 13, 1865
October, 1865, he moved the division to Austin, when he became Chief of
Cavalry for the Department of Texas.
Who did he succeed at Chief of
February 1, 1866, Custer was mustered out of the volunteer service and
returned to his permanent rank of captain in the 5th Cavalry.
was his permanent rank?
14) Custer was
appointed lieutenant colonel of the newly created U.S. 7th Cavalry
Regiment, headquartered at Fort Riley, Kansas. As a result of a plea by
his patron General Philip Sheridan, Custer was also appointed brevet
15) Under Sheridan's orders, Custer
took part in establishing Camp Supply in Indian Territory in early
November 1868 as a supply base for the winter campaign. Custer led the
7th U.S. Cavalry in an attack on the Cheyenne encampment of Black Kettle
on November 27, 1868.
What is the attack known as?
- Battle of
- Battle of New River
- Battle of Washita River
16) The 7th Cavalry departed from Fort Lincoln as part of a larger army
force planning to round up remaining free Indians.
What is the date
they left Fort Lincoln?
- April 17, 1876
- May 17, 1876
- June 17,
17) Custer died on June 25, 1876 at the Battle of the Little
Bighorn. His brother Tom and Custer’s remains were buried on the
battlefield side by side in a shallow grave, after being covered by
pieces of tent canvas and blankets.
On October 10, 1877, were was
George Custer reburied?
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
- United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, NY
Cemetery, Monroe, MI