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Custer And His Wolverines: The Michigan Cavalry Brigade, 1861-1865 Hardcover – October 21, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093828987X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938289876
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heady stew...Longacre distinctly contributes to better understanding of the 'Wolverines'...Replete with those delightful touches all Civil War buffs adore." -- Civil War CourierJuly, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Edward G. Longacre is the author of numerous biographies of Civil War generals. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award for Civil War writing. He lives in Newport News, Virginia.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The Michigan Cavalry Brigade achieved its' greatest triumphs under the command of George Armstrong Custer. The troops were greatly disappointed when he eventually moved on to higher command. Under his impetuous leadership the Brigade gained respect for the Union Cavalry and its' famous red ties, emulating Custer, were a badge of pride and honor. Books by members of the Michigan brigade make it clear that the youthful Custer was greatly respected by his troops. The book is a useful tome describing the times and experiences of this unit. Like most Civil War books it bypasses the hardships, disease and despondency of the troops in favor of describing the battle related history. The book is worthwhile reading for students of the war, cavalry and Custer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Historicus on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a history of the Michigan Brigade and its famous commander, this is a worthwhile addition to the library of Civil War and military history enthusiasts. It is well-written, engaging, and makes solid use of primary sources. Coverage of the formation of and early service of the various regiments is quite good.
My only two serious complaints are: Inadequate maps - a real flaw for a military history; A terrible index - undoubtedly not the author's fault, but the index is useless in that the vast majority of people, places and events described in the text are nowhere to be found in the index. This is the book's main problem and it handicaps the reader.
All that said, certainly a good item to have on your Civil War shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Crawford on May 18, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book, the book is not so much about Custer, but his calvary. My Great Uncle Walter Crawford, rode in the 5th Michigan the entire war. I felt a personal link to the stories in this book. Very well written, not overly dry, great read for anyone who enjoys military history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffson on August 25, 2011
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One of the best works on Custer in the CW. Illustrates Custer at his best and at his worst. Longacre exposes the genuine bravery and intelligence, but also the vanity and recklessness. A good vehicle to get inside Custer's head during these few years of his life. A fair amount of human interest detail makes this an enjoyable read; and the detailed order of battle appendix is very useful. Heavily footnoted; long solid bibliography.
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