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When the Civil War broke out on American soil in 1861, many men in both the North and South signed up to fight for their state and their half of the new nation—and General George A. Custer was, by that time, already a military student. Custer began studying at West Point in 1857, just a few years before the Civil War would begin. Unfortunately, George Custer wasn't a strong student; the future general graduated last in his entire class in 1861. Despite his less than perfect performance at West Point, Custer was called upon by the Union Army and asked to serve his country.
George Custer proved a better soldier than student as soon as he took to the battlefield. Custer participated in the first major battle of the war, the First Battle of Bull Run, and gained notice from several important officers as a skilled cavalry commander. The new Union soldier began rising through the military’s ranks, becoming brigadier general just days before the Battle of Gettysburg. By 1864 Custer was promoted to major general rank and ready to play an even more crucial role in the Civil War. Custer and his troops helped win decisive battles for the Union, and the general stood with Ulysses S. Grant when Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865.
Once the war ended, General Custer remained a dedicated major general in the U.S. military. He fought in the American Indian Wars in 1867 and led cavalry units at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where he and his entire unit were killed. That famed final battle is now known as “Custer’s Last Stand,” often overshadowing his great accomplishments during the Civil War. Yet General George A. Custer remains an important man in the annals of American history even in his defeat.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s General George Custer costume is authentic to the 1800s and the attire worn by the famous Union general himself. You’ll look just like the storied and skilled Civil War veteran when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Custer’s Union Army attire accurately, this costume includes a single breasted navy lined Union officer’s frock coat, a pair of matching officer’s military pants, and a red military waist sash.
Of course, every man fighting the Confederate Army in the 1860s needs a few accessories, too. No man on the front lines of America’s Civil War went without his gold shoulder epaulets, a Civil War officer’s hat, and black boot spats. If you’d like to enhance your George Custer costume with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality General George Custer costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of dressing up like the Union soldiers of the Civil War Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ General George A. Custer Civil War uniform costume is built to last.
The American Civil War, widely known in the United States as simply the Civil War as well as other sectional names, was fought from 1861 to 1865.
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