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Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman with Custer's Michigan Cavalry Brigade

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Chiefly known for his exploits in the Indian Wars, most significantly for his horrific defeat at the Little Bighorn in 1876, George Armstrong Custer found initial success on the battlefields of the Civil War, leading his Michigan Cavalry Brigade in more than sixty battles and skirmishes. The men were affectionately called “Custer’s Wolverines” and among them was James Kidd ...more
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Fredrick Danysh
Having served under Custer during the American Civil War and receiving a general's rank, Kidd writes a fawning history of Custer and the Michigan Brigade. While there are descriptions of several battles, Kidd's version is suspect due to his relationship with Custer. ...more
Drew Ames
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good book and enjoyable to read, but the author was writing for an audience that had a living memory of the Civil War. For modern readers, a lot more context is required to really enjoy this book.

For my part, I spent the summer reading about the Civil War. I started with Grant's memoir, then read Sears's book on Gettysburg. I also read "The Cavalry at Gettysburg," and listened to a Great Courses audio book on the Civil War. With that background, I could put Kidd's experiences into con
Michael Clancy
Quite informative but considering the book was written in 1908 it is sometimes tough to follow and actually after a while gets quite boring.
Another thing - The book says that it includes a rare photo insert but there are NO photos at all.
Will Hoover
Although at times somewhat interesting and even marginally entertaining, J.H. Kidd's account of serving in General Custer's Michigan cavalry regiment during the American Civil War is certainly not what most folks would probably call "light reading." For starters, there really isn't much of a narrative at all, despite the fact that the book is well over 500 pages in length!

It's certainly not that Kidd's lengthy list of wartime reminiscences isn't competently written overall, mind you. In fact, in
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Part narrative, part chronicle is how I'd guess you'd describe this work. Not especially polished prose but an intersting account of one of the lesser-known (at least by me) theatres of the American Civil War. Also intesting for the author's view of Custer as a measured leader of men which contrasts greatly with the popular view of him as a glory hunter whose demise at Little Big Horn was entirely self-inflicted.
Monte Lamb
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is a good book. It reads easily and gives the personal story of a cavalry officer with Custer and the Michigan cavalry brigade. They were in a lot of key battles in the final two years of the war and this book is a good source for the events and background on how this brigade fought.
tom donnells
Nov 29, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This book was refreshing in the way it was written. When the writer lives the history as it happens, and has the ability to relate it in a manner that J H Kidd does, the reader has an enjoyable experience.

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