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About the Main Monument When was it dedicated? July 2, 2008 What is it made out of? Granite with bronze elements. Who made it? Erected by the by Grand Rapids and Holland/Zeeland Civil War Round Tables. What does it depict? Small granite monument features relief of General G.A. Custer, commander of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. What does it honor? Denotes fighting that took place on the so-called “North Cavalry battlefield” near the town of Hunterstown, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863. How is it inscribed? Monument reads, Three-fourths of a mile south of this site on the Hunterstown Road, newly appointed Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer led the Michigan Cavalry Brigade (1st, 5th, 6th, and 7th Regiments) in his first charge against superior forces of Confederate cavalry under General Wade Hampton and Cobb’s Legion on July 2, 1863. During the attack, …Read More...
The 2nd Brigade was also known as Custer’s Brigade. During the battle of Gettysburg, it served as a member of Kilpatrick’s Division in the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac. About the Main Monument When was it dedicated? Erected circa 1912. What is it made out of? Foundation: Concrete. Monument: Polished smooth sea-green granite. Plaque: Bronze. What size is it? 36′ by 36′ base. Weight: 300 Pounds. Height 5’4″. Tablet measures 4 feet by 3 feet 8 inches. Who made it? Albert Russell & Sons Co. of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Erected by the United States War Department. What does it depict? Monolith consisting of polished smooth sea-green granite pedestal with a square base. Base tapers to a smaller dimension at the tablet. On each pedestal is mounted a bronze inscription tablet describing the movements and actions of the unit. What does …Read More...
The Michigan Cavalry Brigade is honored by a monument at Gettysburg. About the Main Monument When was it dedicated? June 12, 1889. What is it made out of? Granite with bronze plaques. What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 31 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.; Base: approx. W. 11 ft. 5 in. x D. 11 ft. 5 in. Who made it? Ryegate Granite Company, fabricator. What does it depict? A standing portrait of George A. Custer with his proper right hand on his chests is installed atop an elaborate base adorned with columns, horse heads, and bronze plaques. The front of the base features a circular niche with a bronze bust of George A. Custer and a rectangular bronze relief depicting a cavalry battle. Monument is a three-part columned granite shaft topped by …Read More...