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Clint Lewis 

You are wrong about which one is George Custer.  He is the one mounted on the horse, the one on the ground is Tom Custer.  George Custer didn't wear a buckskin coat, he brother Tom did!

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kris vanderman 

3/14/18 Braddock campaign ..well done , quite impressed you knew the river Monongahela meant " falling banks ' and had many fords , a classic alluvial river drainage system pre navigation improvements.
  I place these  frontier events under the category of 'why we speak English " with your reference to the Battle of Brushy Run being the penultimate decider. Very much appreciate your efforts , appeared quite correct and thorough in my limited knowledge.
One small comment , the Iroquois , also called the Six Nations ( or seven depending on dates) , one of the original six were the Seneca .
   George Washington learned military tactics "on the job" in what is now Southwestern PA . he secured his "finish" at Long Island and Brandywine preserving his army in retreat at both , much as he preserved the retreating remnants at the Battle of the Monongahela aka Braddock's defeat. Thanks again for a job well done. kris vanderman

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Kim Houlding 

My great great great uncle was in the second cavalry. Mustered in 1862 at the age of 16. Mustered out in 1866. Froze to death February 14, 1866 in one of the worst blizzards in history. Traveling from Wahpeton to Sisseton. Died near Twin Lake Dakota Teeritory. He was Charles L Fertile. 20 years old when he died. Reburied several times. One account said final rest was Fort Snelling, another has said Custer national cemetery.
Would welcome any comments. His family was in olmstead and blue earth counties mostly.
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