Custer historians Father Vince Heier (left) and Gregory J. W. Urwin (right) author of: Custer victorious: the Civil War battles of General George Armstrong Custer
February 26, 2014 – “Not the Best General, But Certainly the Best Man: A Curious Event in Custer’s Civil War Career (Among Others)” by Round Table Member Reverend Vincent A. Heier
George Armstrong Custer is known primarily for his tragic defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876. Civil War students will recognize him as one of the most effective Cavalry commanders in that war. But can we separate the legend from the man? This presentation will focus upon an incident between Lt. Custer and Confederate officer John "Gimlet" Lea. Both had been friends in the Civil War and now will meet again in a most unique situation. The presentation related to another later event in General Custer's Civil War career and finally offered some of his personal answers to a questionnaire he filled out for a young admirer.
Fr. Vincent Heier is a retired St. Louis priest and longtime member of the Roundtable. he has authored a book on Little Bighorn postcards and contributed to a number of books and articles on all aspects of Custer.