In his "lively and very readable account of the early career of George Armstrong Custer" (Larry McMurtry), the author of The Last Outlaws and The Custer Companion leads us on a fast-paced charge through the battlefield heroics of the young U.S. Army officer most often remembered for his famous 1876 defeat. Custer was a key part of nearly every major Civil War engagement, courageously leading his men from the front. Not only did Custer capture the first Confederate battle flag for the Union, and receive the white flag of surrender at Appomattox, but his field generalship at Gettysburg against General Jeb Stuart had historic implications in changing the course of that pivotal battle.
"The deftly detailed narrative undergirds [Thom] Hatch's emphasis on the importance of Custer's early military career while delivering the drama of the larger swirl of the Civil War."—Publishers Weekly