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

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"Custer found himself in the one dilemma all soldiers most dread—he was outnumbered and completely surrounded. With disaster looming in every quarter and no chance of escape. . . ." So Gregory J. W Urwin pulls the reader into a scene describing not the Battle of the Little Big Horn but a Civil War engagement that George Armstrong Custer and his troop survived, thanks to strategy as much as naked courage.

Many books have focused on Custer's Last Stand in 1876, making legend of total defeat. Custer Victorious is ...

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Overview


"Custer found himself in the one dilemma all soldiers most dread—he was outnumbered and completely surrounded. With disaster looming in every quarter and no chance of escape. . . ." So Gregory J. W Urwin pulls the reader into a scene describing not the Battle of the Little Big Horn but a Civil War engagement that George Armstrong Custer and his troop survived, thanks to strategy as much as naked courage.

Many books have focused on Custer's Last Stand in 1876, making legend of total defeat. Custer Victorious is the first to examine at length, with attention to primary sources, his brilliant Civil War career.

Urwin writes: "None of Custer's exploits against the Plains Indians could compare with those he performed while with the Army of the Potomac." The leader of a brigade called "the Wolverines," Custer was promoted to major general and the helm of the Third Cavalry Division when he was only twenty-four. Urwin describes the Boy General's vital contributions to Union victories from Gettysburg to Appomattox.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert M. Utley

"The best examination of Custer's Civil War career."—Robert M. Utley, author of Cavalier in Buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the Western Military Frontier
The Old Northwest - Jeffrey Kimball

"The strength of the book lies . . . in its description of the nature of Civil War cavalry fighting, [which was] swift, fluid, and difficult to understand, both for those who were in it and for those who would write about it."—Jeffrey Kimball, The Old Northwest
The Old Northwest

"The strength of the book lies . . . in its description of the nature of Civil War cavalry fighting, [which was] swift, fluid, and difficult to understand, both for those who were in it and for those who would write about it."—Jeffrey Kimball, The Old Northwest

— Jeffrey Kimball

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Ever since the massacre at the Little Big Horn in 1876, "Custer's Last Stand" has become synonymous with ignominious defeat. But George Armstrong Custer was anything but a loser, as this military biography shows. From the beginning of his career, Custer demonstrated a daredevil courage and an uncanny understanding of cavalry maneuvers that catapulted him through the ranks of the Union army during the darkest days of the Civil War. A firebrand with a genius for command, Custer earned the respect of his troops by proving himself willing to share their every danger and by leading them from one successful battle to the next. Military historian Urwin cuts through the myths of the past to capture the spirit of this death-defying, charismatic soldier, whose victories over formidable Confederate enemies inspired the adulation of a hero-hungry Northern public and the unquestioning adoration of his soldiers. This fair and balanced study of Custer's Civil War record is crucial to a full understanding of the man, his subsequent career, and the disaster at Little Big Horn that claimed his life. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803295568
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 506,584
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Gregory J. W Urwin, an associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, has written a new preface for this Bison Book edition.
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