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Custer, George A (George Armstrong), 1839-1876

  • Macomber, Dexter M., 1840- Diary, 1861, 1891. Photocopy of a transcript of a diary, 1861-1864, describing army life, position and location of troops, commanding officers, his personal experiences, skirmishes, battles, and a description of Gen. George Custer. In the back is a speech he gave entitled, "Army Horse or Boots and Saddle." Also, a copy of his service record. Bio: A resident of Oakland County (Mich.), Macomber enlisted and was mustered in Co. C, Michigan 1st Cavalry in Northville, Wayne County (MI), in Sept. 1861. He was taken prisoner at Bull Run (Va.) in 1862. Paroled, he re-enlisted and was mustered in Dec. 1863. He was transferred to Company H in March 1864. In June 1864, He was taken prisoner at Trevillian Station (Va.). He was again paroled and in August 1864, he was taken prisoner at Weldon Railroad (Va.). He was paroled for the last time in March 1865 and discharged in June 1865 in Ohio.
  • Slaven, George C., Diaries, 1864, 1865. 1 Folder. Diaries, Jan. 1, 1864-July 24, 1865, briefly and daily note the weather, marching, picket duty, deaths and a funeral of comrades, fighting Rebels, and various locations in Virginia where the company marched to, fought at, or camped during the war, including Spotsylvania. On Oct. 21, 1864 the battalion escorted Gen George A. Custer. Also included are photocopies of relevant pages from the regimental history. Bio: Slaven enlisted on Jan. 15, 1863 in Company B of the 18th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, part of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac. He was discharged by General Order on July 21, 1865. His hometown is listed as Greenwood Township (Crawford County, PA) in the diary. An Andrew W. Slaven, possibly a brother, enlisted in the same company and also survived the war.

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