“My career as a cadet had but little to recommend it to study of those who come after me, unless as an example to be carefully avoided.” George Armstrong Custer comments on his “achievements” at West Point. From The Perfect Lion The Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham by Jerry Maxwell. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2011 page 22. Originally from Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors by Stephen E. Ambrose. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975 page 99.