REVIEW: Glorious War by Thom Hatch

19 11 2013


Title:  Glorious War:  The Civil War Record of George Armstrong Custer

Author:  Thom Hatch17286832

Genre: Historical Biography

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date:  December 10, 2013

My Rating: 4 stars

George Armstrong Custer, best known for his violent death at the Battle of Little Bighorn, started his military career during the Civil War where he served with distinction. In this book, the author seeks to familiarize readers with this chapter of Custer’s life – and a remarkable chapter it is. As a fresh faced West Point graduate, he served at nearly all major engagements in the East, working his way through the ranks and distinguishing himself amongst his peers.

The book basically chronicles Custer’s service in context with that of the Eastern Theater of the Civil War. Readers who might not be familiar with the timeline of events, will get a basic overview of the battles and outcomes, along with where Custer’s place is in all this. The author also strikes a comparison between Custer and the flamboyant Jeb Stuart, who along with his group of invincible cavalry men, dominated the Union army during the first part of the Civil War. The author also gives readers an idea of the intimacy of the war, as many of these West Point grads would encounter classmates and friends as they face battle.  Custer has a distinctive association with a number of Confederate officers.

The text is written in a way that every reader can enjoy the narrative. It is annotated with plenty of footnotes and references – letters, reports and detailed accounts of Custer and other Civil War events, to give life and breath to this incredible warrior.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.




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