At the same time as Pickett’s Charge, Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer’s Michigan Cavalry Brigade (map) helped turn back an attempt by Confederate Cavalry commander J.E.B. Stuart to outflank the Union Army on what is now the East Cavalry Battlefield. The Wolverine Brigade – the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan Cavalry Regiments – would go on under their Boy General to become one of the hardest-hitting, elite units of the Union Army – and to have the highest casualty rates of any Union cavalry in the war.

Bronze bas-relief from the Michigan Cavalry Brigade monument at Gettysburg

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