At Custer's Side

During the Civil War, James Harvey Kidd fought alongside General George Armstrong Custer as a member of the 6th Michigan Cavalry—the Wolverines. After the war, Kidd served as brigadier general in the Michigan National Guard and, upon returning to his civilian career as a newspaperman, published two newspapers in his hometown.

Eric J. Wittenberg presents many of this newspaperman’s captivating writings in their original form. Kidd wrote eloquently about his Civil War experiences, especially his service with Custer. His speech given at the dedication of the Custer monument in Monroe, Michigan is particularly important, as it provides readers with one of the first revisionist views of the tragedy that befell Custer at Little Big Horn.

Much like Wittenberg’s first book of Kidd’s writings, this latest collection offers insightful, articulate, and entertaining commentary on what it was like to serve in the Civil War and with “the boy general.”



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  • The Battle of Brandy Station: North America's Largest Cavalry Battle (Civil War Sesquicentennial)

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  • Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly: The short but controversial life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren

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  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863

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  • Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (2007)

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  • Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station (2007)

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  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (2006)

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  • The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863

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  • Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

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  • At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

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  • With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee

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  • Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery (Memories of War)/p>

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  • Protecting the Flank: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 (Discovering Civil War America)

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  • Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions

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  • Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign

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  • "We Have It Damn Hard Out Here": The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

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  • One of Custer's Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry

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