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    George A. Custer Signed Endorsement as Brigadier General. Penned on the verso of a request for a medical discharge on verso; paper measuring approximately 3.5" x 2", and dated "Head Quarters, Nov. 19, 1863", the same day that Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address.

    At the start of the Civil War, Custer was a cadet at the United States Military Academy. Due to the sudden need for military conscripts, his class's graduation was accelerated so they could begin fighting the war. Custer served at the First Battle of Bull Run and was a staff officer for Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan in the Army of the Potomac's 1862 Peninsula Campaign. In 1863, early in the Gettysburg Campaign, Custer's association with cavalry commander Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton earned him promotion from first lieutenant to brigadier general of volunteers at the age of 23.

    This small piece of paper, torn from a letter and written on the back in a secretarial hand, reads: "Approved and respectfully forwarded," and is boldly signed "GA Custer."

    Condition:
    Fine. Encased in Lucite.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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