"Frenchtown, Michigan" Monroe by yooperprof

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Custer's First Stand

Monroe MI was originally known as Frenchtown, in light of early French settlement here. But its main historic claim to fame is as the town where George Armstrong Custer grew up.

"Raised in Monroe, George Armstrong Custer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 1863 he became a brigadier general and commanded the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. "Come On, You Wolverines!" was his battle cry while leading his men to victory over the Confederates at Gettsburg on July 3, 1863. Custer commanded a division in the Shenandoah Valley in 1864, and his troops cut off the last avenue of escape for Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. After the Civil War, Custer was appointed lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. On June 25, 1876, he gained notoriety at the Battle of Little Big Horn where he and 266 others died. In 1877, his remains were re-interred at West Point."

It's always curious to see what these markers remember, and what they leave out.

  • Last visit to Monroe: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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