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Author Wittenberg, Eric J

Title At Custer's Side : Civil War Writing on James Harvey Kidd
Published Ashland : The Kent State University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (119 pages)
Contents Halftitle Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Introduction and Editorial Notes; List of Maps; Address of General James H. Kidd, at the Dedication of Michigan Monuments Upon the Battle Field of Gettysburg, June 12, 1889; The Michigan Cavalry Brigade in the Wilderness: A Paper Read Before the Michigan Commandery of the Loyal Legion; Charge of the First Cavalry Division at Winchester; Memorial Address, Delivered in the Park at Ionia, May 30, 1885; Historical Sketch of General Custer; Appendix A: Operations of Our Cavalry: The Michigan Cavalry Brigade
Appendix B: Gen. George A. Custers's "Lost" Report of the Battle on the East Cavalry Field, Gettysburg, July 3, 1863Bibliographic Essay; Index
Summary During the Civil War, James Harvey Kidd fought along side the General George Armstrong Custer as a member of the 6th Michigan Cavalry, the Wolverines. A student at the University of Michigan at the outbreak of the ear, Kidd enlisted in 1862 and was elected captain, commanding a company of Wolverines. Within two years he was promoted to colonel and took command of the regiment. In the fall of 1864, he succeeded Custer as commander of the Michigan Cavalry Brigade and eventually received a brevet to brigadier general of volunteers. After the war, Kidd served as brigadier general in the Michigan National Guard and, upon returning to his civilian career as a newspaperman, published two newspapers in his hometown of Ionia, Michigan. He also wrote a memoir of his service Personal Reminiscences of a Cavalryman in Custer's Michigan Brigade, a classic of Civil War literature. Eric J. Wittenberg presents many of this newspaperman?s captivating writings in their original form in At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd, Kidd wrote eloquently about his Civil War experiences, especially his service with Customer. His speech given at the dedication of the Customer monument in Monroe, Michigan, is particularly important, as it provides readers with one of the first revisionist views of the tragedy that befell Custer at Little Big Horn. Much like Wittenberg's first book of Kidd's writings, One of Custer's Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry (Kent State University Press, 2000), this latest collection offers insightful, articulate, and entertaining commentary on what it ws like to serve in the Civil War and with the boy general
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Subject Kidd, James Harvey, 1840-1913.
Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876.
Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876.
Kidd, James Harvey, 1840-1913.
United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865)
Soldiers -- Michigan -- Biography
Military operations, Cavalry.
Regimental histories.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Michigan -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
Michigan -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Cavalry operations.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781612772721