The Myths of George Armstrong Custer
Myth #1. George was born in Monroe, Michigan.
Answer: George was born in New Rumley, Ohio, December 5, 1839, the son of Emanuel and Marie. Custer’s nickname was Autie, his mispronunciation of his middle name as a child. George’s father was a blacksmith who loved horses, but also farmed for a living. George, no doubt, developed his love of horses from his childhood experiences
The Custer family moved to Monroe, Michigan, in 1842, and lived there for six months and returned to New Rumley. George’s family was close-knit and this began a length of time where George moved back and forth between his father’s farm and his half sister’s home in Monroe, spending two years with each family as needed. While in Monroe, George’s brother-in-law owned a livery business and George helped tend the horses, while going to the Stebbins Academy. George returned to New Rumley at the age of 16 to attend the McNeely Normal School in Hopedale. George secured his teacher’s certificate from the Harrison County Board of School Examiners and obtained a teaching position at the Beech Point School.
George wanted a military career in the U. S. Cavalry and his father supported his wishes. George secured the nomination for the United States Military Academy from Congressman John Bingham. George’s father signed the acceptance of appointment to West Point, and George reported to West Point, New York, in the summer of 1857. He was 18 years old.
Merington, Marguerite THE CUSTER STORY, New York, The Devin-Adair Company, 1950