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Trivia Question 1-10-17 From West Point to the Wild West

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  1. Trivia Master

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    From West Point to the Wild West
    Question: I finished dead last in my West Point class. The man to graduate first is often spoken of for his heroism on July 2nd while in command of his NY regiment. I survived the Civil War and after that I rode West to my new post to fight in the Indian Wars. In my final battle, it is said that we were outnumbered 7-1...a number that matched our now famous unit. Who am I?

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    George Armstrong Custer
     
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    George A. Custer
     
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    I would say George Armstrong Custer although the man who graduated 1st does not seem to fit the description.

    Edit - Custer is the correct answer.

    There were actually two classes that graduated from West Point in 1861. The first was the class that had entered in 1857, which was graduated in May in order to earn their commissions a few weeks ahead of schedule and join the war effort. The second was the class that had entered in 1858, which, upon realizing that the preceding class would be graduating early, petitioned for and were granted permission to accelerate their training and graduate a whole year early, in June 1861. Custer and O'Rorke were in the second of those two classes.

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    I'm guessing Custer.
     
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    George Armstrong Custer would be my guess.
     
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    George Armstrong Custer. He graduated last in the class of 1861.

    He was killed at Battle of Little Bighorn. Crazy Horses' Indians outnumbered his troops about 7 to 1.
     
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    George Armstrong Custer

    To quote one of my favorite movies, Stripes,..."I have a plan. Great....Custer had a plan too..."
     
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    You are George Armstrong Custer, last in the class of 1861. Graduating first was Patrick Henry "Paddy" O'Rorke who was killed on LRT at the head of his regiment, 140th New York.
     
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    George Armstrong Custer
     
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    George Armstrong Custer.
     
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    George Armstrong Custer
    Incidentally, the guy who graduated first in that class (June 1861) was Patrick O'Rourke who was killed while commanding the 140th NY at Gettysburg.
     
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    i refuse to look it up (and hope it's not a trap)

    george armstrong custer
     
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    George Custer
     
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    I was George Armstrong Custer. His US 7th cavalry unit met its demise during his infamous Last Stand.

    Custer graduated last in his West Point Class in 1861. Patrick "Paddy" O'Rorke graduated first in the 1861 West Point Class. Paddy was the colonel of the 140th NY and was killed on July 2, 1863 on Little Round Top. Just like Rudolph, Paddy has a shiny nose on the 140th monument on LRT. Rubbing Paddy's nose on the monument is considered to bring good luck. The constant rubbing of his bronze nose keeps in shining brightly.
     

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