Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan

Custer statue base

Custer statue base

B. Nash at Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan
B. Nash at Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan
Close-up of Custer statue

Close-up of Custer statue

The statue is huge! I could hardly get it’s entirety in a photo. It actually is 14 feet tall. Monroe, Michigan was the home of George Armstrong Custer, although he wasn’t born there. Custer isn’t buried in Monroe either. Anywho know where he is buried? The statue was dedicated June 4, 1910. Twenty five thousand people gathered to witness the ceremony. Mrs. Custer was there. So was President William Howard Taft.
The statue is entitled “Sighting the Enemy.” It was sculpted by Edward C. Potter. Custer is represented as the Civil War hero in action against J.E.B. Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry at Gettysburg. Union veterans who first gazed on the statue agreed it was an accurate work. Mrs. Custer also was pleased. It actually has been moved three times from it’s original site.
Though considered by some to be polictically incorrect to praise Custer today-because of the Little Big Horn-Custer deserves much acclaim for his service in the Civil War. He saw action at battles including Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. He also fought at Yellow Tavern where J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded.  Although he had graduated at the bottom of his class (1861) at West Point, he proved to be a brilliant officer. In 1877, long after the war, what may have been Custer’s remains were disinterred from the Little Big Horn battlefield and given a military funeral at…West Point.
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7 Responses to “Custer statue in Monroe, Michigan”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Dana: So glad you were able to do all that. Sounds like you took the tour anyone! The last I heard of the “official” tour was ten years ago. Maybe it’s not being done anymore. You have a great and proud heritage worth to be honored!

  2. Dana Custer says:

    I had a great time in Monroe. The Museum was great, the cemetery was great and I got some good pictures, but I was not able to find anything about the Custer tour. I did see Custers fathers home, his father-in-law’s home, and Nevin Custer’s farm house. I hope I didn’t miss anything else.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Dana: So glad to meet you. Custer was a great Civil War officer! Go to the
    museum in Monroe. It has several displays regarding Custer. Also, there is a Monroe Custer tour that you can take that will give you lots of info. Be sure to visit the Custer Cemetery too.

  4. Dana Custer says:

    I am going to Monroe next week and am looking for info on George A. Custer. Anyone know where to search?
    I am related distantly, by the way.

  5. Dave Wiegers says:

    No,I have never been to Monroe, as far as I can recall. The last time I was in Gettysburg (last november) I visited the cavalry battlefield east of Gettysburg. It is seldom visited. It is where Custer and Stewart spent most of the battle.

  6. B. Nash says:

    I have never been to Little Big Horn as yet. I too am fascinated by Custer. He was absolutely brilliant as a Commander in the Civil War. Have you visited Monroe?

  7. Dave Wiegers says:

    I believe he is buried at West Point.

    Not bad for a guy who finished last in his class. He is a great example of excelling at his chosen craft despite a less than sterling academic record.
    I, like many, have been fascinated by his career. He was a warrior and one of the great self promoters in American history. A visit to the Little Big Horn battlefield is worth the trip. It is stirring and a bit eerie. The battlefield was nothing like I expected despite having read many books on the subject.

    Seeing the white stones scattered across the hills and valleys where both the solders and native Americans died was quite moving. I want to go back again and spend more time and even hire a guide next time.

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