Under Custer's Command

George Armstrong Custer’s fabled Fifth Regiment fought with great distinction throughout the war and suffered the thrid highest total of men killed in the entire Union cavalry. A twenty-four-year-old farmer and new father from Hopkins, Michigan, named James Henry Avery was one of Custer’s feared “Wolverines.”

Besides eloquently describing his personal experiences, Sergeant Avery’s wartime journals and postwar reminiscences provide uniquely detailed descriptions of Civil War cavalry movements and the only known account that addresses the escape of elements of the Fifth Michigan Cavalry on the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station.

"A first-class read whether for the cavalry expert or someone coming to the subject for the first time."

-- North and South

"Best book on Custer [for the year 2000]. . . . Likely the best memoir by an enlisted cavalryman during the Civil War."

-- Military Heritage

"Chronicling the hardship and glory of wartime service with George Custer’s famed Michigan Brigade, Avery’s memoir is an insightful record of one Federal trooper’s experience on campaign and battlefield. His narrative is an important contribution to our understanding of the Union cavalry’s emergence as a potent agent of victory."

-- Brian C. Pohanka

"A worthy addition to any well-rounded Civil War library. Under Custer's Command promises to stand the test of time long after many other works have been forgotten."

-- Civil War Book Review



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  • The Battle of Brandy Station: North America's Largest Cavalry Battle (Civil War Sesquicentennial)

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  • Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The short but controversial life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren

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  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863

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  • Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (2007)

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  • Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station (2007)

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  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (2006)

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  • The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863

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  • Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

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  • At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

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  • With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee

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  • Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery (Memories of War)/p>

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  • Protecting the Flank: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 (Discovering Civil War America)

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  • Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions

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  • Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign

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  • "We Have It Damn Hard Out Here": The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

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  • One of Custer's Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry

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