Glorious War, the thrilling and definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer's Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant young officer into the national spotlight in the midst of the country's darkest hours. From West Point to the daring actions that propelled him to the rank of general at age twenty-three to his unlikely romance with Libbie Bacon, Custer's exploits are the stuff of legend.
Always leading his men from the front with a personal courage seldom seen before or since, he was a key part of nearly every major engagement in the east. Not only did Custer capture the first battle flag taken by the Union and receive the white flag of surrender at Appomattox, but his field generalship at Gettysburg against Confederate cavalry General Jeb Stuart had historic implications in changing the course of that pivotal battle.
For decades, historians have looked at Custer strictly through the lens of his death on the frontier, casting him as a failure. While some may say that the events that took place at the Little Bighorn are illustrative of America's bloody westward expansion, they have in the process unjustly eclipsed Custer's otherwise extraordinarily life and outstanding career and fall far short of encompassing his incredible service to his country. This biography of thundering cannons, pounding hooves, and stunning successes tells the true story of the origins of one of history's most dynamic and misunderstood figures. Award-winning historian Thom Hatch reexamines Custer's early career to rebalance the scales and show why Custer's epic fall could never have happened without the spectacular rise that made him an American legend.
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"In the narration of this detailed history of CusterÕs Civil War career, it would be easy to get bogged down, rendering the reading dull or tedious. But James C. Lewis keeps it interesting by varying his pace and tone to fit the narrative. In battle scenes, his excitement is evident but far from overpowering. In the scenes in which Custer woos his future bride, he sounds warmer and talks more slowly. His only shortcoming is in direct quotes, which he tries to indicate with pauses and slight changes in his voice. But clearer indications would have helped. Listeners also would benefit from having access to a good atlas to gain perspective on battles and campaigns. Overall, this book does justice to CusterÕs career, and Lewis does justice to the book. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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