Major General George Armstrong Custer

Major General George Armstrong Custer (HM1GO3)

Location: Hanover, PA 17331 York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.007', W 76° 59.004'

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1839 —— 1876

Killed in Battle of Little Big Horn River, Montana, in Sioux Indian War.

Was Brig. Gen. Commander of 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, Michigan Cavalry Regiments and Pennington's Battery at the Battle of Hanover June 30, 1863.

In the 1850's, J.W. Gitt planted a silver maple near his residence on the spot indicated by the star and circle in the pavement below. Before and after the Battle of Hanover, June 30, 1863, Gen. Custer tied his horse to this tree. After the war, it became known locally as "The Custer Maple," and stood as a living memorial of the historic engagement which occurred here.

Later in the 19th century, borough authorities sought to remove the maple as a public nuisance. In the only court case in which he ever appeared as litigant, a case ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gitt succeeded in preventing the destruction of this tree.
HM NumberHM1GO3
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330198 N 4407454
Decimal Degrees39.80011667, -76.98340000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.007', W 76° 59.004'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 0.42" N, 76° 59' 0.24" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21-33 Center Square, Hanover PA 17331, US
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