West Point Historian to Speak on George Custer

Focus will be general’s life as a young soldier

Custer in 1863, by William Frank Browne

Custer in 1863, by William Frank Browne

Capt. Mark Ehlers, an assistant professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will speak to the Putnam Valley Historical Society at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, about the early life and later myth of Gen. George Armstrong Custer.

Ehlers will discuss Custer’s life from his graduation from West Point and initial service as a 2nd lieutenant in the Union cavalry to his brigade command at Gettysburg and presence at Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s surrender in 1865.

The talk, which is part of the society’s Our American History series, will be held at the Putnam Valley Grange Hall, 128 Mill St., in Putnam Valley. For more information, call 845-528-1024.

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