George Armstrong Custer’s fabled Fifth Regiment fought with great distinction throughout the war and suffered the thrid highest total of men killed in the entire Union cavalry. A twenty-four-year-old farmer and new father from Hopkins, Michigan, named James Henry Avery was one of Custer’s feared “Wolverines.” Besides eloquently describing his personal experiences, Sergeant Avery’s wartime journals and postwar reminiscences provide uniquely detailed descriptions of Civil War cavalry movements and the only known account that addresses the escape of elements of the Fifth Michigan Cavalry on the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station.
"A first-class read whether for the cavalry expert or someone coming to the subject for the first time."
"Best book on Custer [for the year 2000]. . . . Likely the best memoir by an enlisted cavalryman during the Civil War."
"Chronicling the hardship and glory of wartime service with George Custer s famed Michigan Brigade, Avery s memoir is an insightful record of one Federal trooper s experience on campaign and battlefield. His narrative is an important contribution to our understanding of the Union cavalry s emergence as a potent agent of victory."
"A worthy addition to any well-rounded Civil War library. "Under Custer's Command" promises to stand the test of time long after many other works have been forgotten."
|List of Maps||p. xi|
|Compiler's Acknowledgments||p. xvii|
|Editor's Notes and Acknowledgements||p. xix|
|A Soldier Goes to War||p. 7|
|Chasing Mosby's Guerrillas||p. 21|
|The Gettysburg Campaign||p. 29|
|The Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns||p. 45|
|Winter Encampment and the Reorganization of the Cavalry Corps||p. 57|
|Campaigning with Sheridan||p. 65|
|The June 1864 Trevilian Raid and an Ordeal to Remember||p. 83|
|A Temporary and Very Reluctant Infantryman||p. 97|
|Fighting with Little Phil||p. 109|
|The Fall and Winter of 1864-65||p. 121|
|Illness Forces Avery to Miss the End of the Civil War||p. 133|
|A Soldier Returns Home||p. 149|
|The Campaigns of the 5th Michigan Cavalry||p. 161|
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Series: Memories of War
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition