George Armstrong Custer

The Trevilian Collection

“The Most Important Historic Group of Civil War Items to Surface in the Century”
Recently offered for sale by private treaty.

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Currently on Display through September 30th, 2017
Upcoming Presentation & Open House

Sep 23rd-24th, 2017
Coeur D’Alene, ID
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Collection Includes:

  • Custer’s General presentation sword made by Tiffany’s
  • His full dress uniform including:
  • chapeau hat, dress coat and trousers, belt, sash, dress gloves, boots.

  • His writing accoutrements including:
  • field writing desk still having the original blotters, leather valise, and lock of Custer's hair for wife Libbie

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Previously Displayed at:

National Civil War Museum
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Little Bighorn Battlefield
National Park Service, Crow Agency, Montana

Monroe County Historical Museum
Monroe, Michigan

Featured in:

Swords of the American Civil War
by Richard H. Bezdek

Swords and Swordsmen: Man at Arms
by Mike Loades

Cowboys & Indians
Trevilian Collection + Libbie’s Love Letters

Presentation Topics:

General Armstrong Custer and The Civil War:
“ The Forgotten Custer”
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The Battle of the Little Bighorn:
“The Real Story”

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Event Information

Open House

September 23rd-24th, 2017
Cisco's Gallery
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Presentation by David Ingall

Open to the Public - Free of Charge - Reservation Required
The Coeur d’Alene Resort
September 23rd and 24th , 2017
2pm to 5pm
Same presentation both days


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Credit: Bryan Bosch, Monroe News

David Ingall’s Biography

David Ingall is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the past assistant director of the Monroe County Historical Museums.  He is a member of the Monroe County Civil War Round Table, Nash-Hodges Camp #43 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Civil War Preservation Trust, Little Big Horn Associates, Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, and Custer Battlefield Preservation Committee.

General George Armstrong Custer and the Civil War:  “The Forgotten Custer” - by David Ingall

Presentation Outline for September 23rd and 24th

General George Armstrong Custer is known for his famous “Last Stand” during the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876.  Few know that he was actually an outstanding Civil War soldier who moved up the ranks of the U.S. Army on his own merits to become a major general at the age of 25.  He and his troops were very instrumental in the critical Union victories at Gettysburg and Appomattox Station, which led to the surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

The program covers Custer’s birth through the end of 1865.  Highlights include:

  • Growing up in New Rumley, Ohio and Monroe, Michigan
  • His time at West Point
  • First Bull Run
  • Antietam
  • Gettysburg
  • Lee’s retreat
  • The Michigan Cavalry Brigade
  • Wedding to Monroe’s prettiest girl (Libbie Bacon),
  • Yellow Tavern
  • Trevilian Station:  “Custer’s First Stand”
  • Command of the 3rd Cavalry Division
  • 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign
  • Appomattox Campaign and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House
  • Grand review in Washington D.C.
  • “Custer’s Luck” and many other events in the General’s life during this period

The Battle of the Little Big Horn:  “The Real Story” - By David Ingall

Presentation Outline for September 23rd and 24th

The Battle of the Little Big Horn did not develop or end in the manner that most of us learned from some history books or from Hollywood movies. There were many twists and turns in the 1876 campaign and battle itself that led to the end result, the defeat of the U.S. 7th Cavalry by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. 

The program presents the known facts and debated theories.  You make your own judgments about what really happened and who’s to blame!

Highlights include:

  • The army’s plan:  “three column approach”
  • Sitting Bull’s vision
  • Army’s number one concern
  • General Terry’s order
  • Battle of the Rosebud
  • “Worms in the grass”
  • 7th Cavalry discovered
  • Reconnaissance on the march
  • Custer divides forces
  • Warrior’s cohesiveness and firepower
  • Major Reno’s panic
  • Medicine Tail ford
  • Custer’s route to the north
  • Last message:  “Be quick”
  • Captain Benteen’s arrival
  • Disintegration of Custer’s immediate command
  • Last Stand
  • Reno-Benteen defense