Saturday, February 28, 2009
Harpers Ferry -- And Last, but not Least
Just about 100 years before I arrived at Harper's Ferry, my boyhood (and adult) hero rode through the streets of the town. The town changed hands several times during the Civil War and on this date, the place was under the control of Federal troops. General Custer in 1864 was 25 years old, and had become a brigadier general at 23. The following year, he was promoted to major general, and given a command of a cavalry division under General Phil Sheridan. He remains the youngest person to ever achieve the rank of general in the American army.