12 October 2007
Footnote has uploaded images of the pages from the 1867 court martial of Gen. George A. Custer. Custer faced court martial on eleven charges, including absence without leave from his command, and conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline. Found guilty of five of the charges, he was suspended from rank and command for one year without pay. Records include proceedings of Custer's trial, correspondence relating to official trial documents, and research requests from after the trial. Very interesting reading was Custer's written defense.
"May it please the court.
Upon the close of the testimony in this case it devolves upon me to present my written defense.
To this I invite your earnest and most patient attention..." Click here to read the rest of the original document.