GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER STATUE BY TERRY JONES

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Cold cast bronze statue of Union General George Armstrong Custer portrays a superb likeness and shows great detail.

The sculpture measures 12 ½” in height and is mounted on a wood base that measures 7 ¼” in circumference x 1 ¾” in height. Back is signed by Jones and is numbered 61/400.

George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the Civil War and the American Indian Wars. Raised in Michigan and Ohio, Custer was admitted to West Point in 1857, where he graduated last in his class in 1861. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Custer was called to serve with the Union Army. Custer developed a strong reputation during the Civil War. He participated in the first major engagement, the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, near Washington, D.C. His association with several important officers helped his career as did his success as a highly effective cavalry commander. Custer was brevetted to brigadier general at age 23, less than a week before the Battle of Gettysburg, where he personally led cavalry charges that prevented Confederate cavalry from attacking the Union rear in support of Pickett's Charge. He was wounded in the Battle of Culpeper Court House in Virginia on September 13, 1863. In 1864, Custer was awarded another star and brevetted to major general rank. At the conclusion of the Appomattox Campaign, in which he and his troops played a decisive role, Custer was present at General Robert E. Lee's surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant, on April 9, 1865. After the Civil War, Custer remained a major general in the United States Volunteers until they were mustered out in February 1866. He reverted to his permanent rank of captain and was appointed a lieutenant colonel in the 7th Cavalry Regiment in July 1866. He was dispatched to the west in 1867 to fight in the Indian Wars. On June 25, 1876, while leading the 7th Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana Territory against a coalition of Native American tribes, he and all of his detachment—which included two of his brothers—were killed. The battle is popularly known in American history as "Custer's Last Stand." Custer and his regiment were defeated so decisively at the Little Bighorn that it has overshadowed all of his prior achievements.

Terry Jones has been a professional sculptor since 1968. He studied at the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. The first 16 years of his professional career were spent sculpting over 600 bas-relief coins and medals for various private mints. In 1980 he was one of a very few American artists to be invited to show at the International Exhibit of Medallic Art in Florence, Italy. In 1984 the American Numismatic Association named him Medallic Sculptor of the year. Among so many other coins and medals, he sculpted the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl coin-toss commemorative and portraits of Gov. Tom Ridge and Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker for the 1999 PA Inaugural Medal. He also created “coin of the realm” for foreign countries: British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica, Panama, etc.    [sm]

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