Brotherly Love: Shapell Between the Lines

Few brothers have stood together as loyally as did the Custers.  On June 25th, 1876, General Armstrong Custer wrote a letter lobbing for his beloved brother.  He hoped that brother Boston “Bos” Custer would be appointed to Second Lieutenant.

As he wrote, in the historic document being featured now as part of the Shapell Between the Lines project, “I am extremely anxious to obtain an appointment from the Secretary of War of my youngest brother Boston Custer as second lieutenant in the 7th Cavalry.  My brother is in every respect admirably adapted to perform the duties of a cavalry officer.  He is nearly twenty four years of age, of excellent habits and character and I think would be a credit to the service.”

Not only did Boston Custer not receive this appointment, but he wasn’t even accepted into the United States Army.  Nevertheless, the original two page autographed letter signed “G.A. Custer” is being featured by Shapell.

This piece of history documents some of the character of the youngest general in American history, and shows his loyalty to his brothers and his family.


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