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York CWRT to feature Bruce Liddic discussing George Armstrong Custer

Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer of New Rumley, Ohio and Monroe, Michigan. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The York Civil War Round Table will feature author Bruce R. Liddic at its monthly meeting on January 20, 2010. The topic of the evening will be ” George Armstrong Custer : From Ohio to Pennsylvania, Boyhood to Generalship.”
Most of the general public has heard of George Custer; however their familiarity with his name and deeds are usually connected to his adventures in the West, that is ….the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Many are surprised to learn Custer was an important player in our Civil War. But there is more then just a single day in Montana which defines this controversial figure from our nation’s storied past. The York Civil War Round Table will be exploring from the beginning his early life and family in Ohio to his appointment and graduation from West Point. In addition, the CWRT will also learn of the events which led to his promotion to brigadier general at age 23 and Custer’s decisive role in the Battle of Gettysburg.
The “Boy General” was active here in York County in the days before Gettysburg, leading his Michigan Wolverines into action at the Battle of Hanover on June 30, 1863. The site of the “Custer Maple” is commemorated in the sidewalk on Hanover’s town square, and a wall plaque remembers the controversial Custer.
Bruce Liddic holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the State University of New York at Cortland and a master’s degree in business management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He is the author of four books and several dozen magazine articles on Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. His most recent book, Vanishing Victory : Custer’s Final March won two awards.
The meeting will be held at 7:00PM on Wednesday evening in the auditorium of the York County Heritage Trust at 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania.
There is no charge for admission and the public is welcome!
Parking is also free! The author will be available to autograph his various books. Bring a friend!