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ey remained subsequently with those general officers. Maj. Le Compte left the army during the siege of Yorktown; Cols. Gantt and Astor, Maj. Russell, Capts. L. P. d'orleans, R. d'orleans, and Raymond at the close of the Peninsular campaign. To this number I am tempted to add the Prince de Joinville, who constantly accompanied me through the trying campaign of the Peninsula, and frequently rendered important services. Soon after we reached the Chickahominy I took as one of my aides Lieut. G. A. Custer, 5th U. S. Cavalry, as a reward for an act of daring gallantry. This was the beginning of the distinguished career of one of the most gallant soldiers of the army and an admirable cavalry leader. Before the termination of the Peninsular campaign Capts. W. S. Abert and Charles R. Lowell, of the 6th U. S. Cavalry, joined my staff as aides-de-camp, and remained with me until I was relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac. All of these officers served me with great galla
as obliged to select a faulty and dangerous plan as the least objectionable of those from which I could choose. On the 24th a very spirited and successful reconnoissance took place near New bridge, which first brought Lieut. (afterwards Gen.) Custer to my notice. His commanding officers commended him highly for his conduct, and I sent for him to thank him. He was then a slim, long-haired boy, carelessly dressed. I thanked him for his gallantry, and asked what I could do for him. He repliedcamp. Upon this he brightened up and assured me that he would regard such service as the most gratifying he could perform; and I at once gave the necessary orders. He continued on my staff until I was relieved from the command. In those days Custer was simply a reckless, gallant boy, undeterred by fatigue, unconscious of fear; but his head was always clear in danger, and he always brought me clear and intelligible reports of what he saw when under the heaviest fire. I became much attached
tam, 603, 606 ; withdrawn, 628. Crampton's Gap, Md., battle of, 558-565, 606, 608. Crawford, Gen S. W., 591, 592. Crook, Col , 576, 603-605. Croome, Lieut., 576. Cross, Col , 596. Cross, Lieut. C. E., 124. Cullum, Gen., 514. Custer, Gen. G. A., 123, 364. 365. Dan Webster, 327, 328 Dana, Capt. J. J., 128. Dana, Gen. N. J., at Fair Oaks,382; Antietam, 592, 593, 613. Darell, Capt., 605. Darnestown, Va., 96, 181, 183. Davies, Maj., talk with Stanton, 150. Davis, Maj. Ndless battles, 334 ; respects Sunday, 355, 445 ; House resolutions, 355, 357; confident, 356; respects White House, 357, 360. 406; speed impossible, 358; harassed, 359 ; bridges, 362, 364, 366 ; Mechanicsville, 363 ; faulty plan, 364 ; tribute to Custer, storms, 365, 388, 402 ; illness. 365, 395, 397 ; Hanover C. H., 368-371; reinforcements needed. 373 ; bridges destroyed, 371-375, 397, fruits 375; way clear for McDowell, 375, 482 ; contemplated movements, 376 ; Fair Oaks, 376-384, 398, losses