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Union cavalry General George Custer leads a delegation to present captured battle-flags to the War Department

General Custer presents Confederate flags at War Department, Washington D.C., October 28, 1864, artist's impression, detail
10/28/1864
Officers from General Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah made a formal and public presentation of Confederate colors and cannon captured in western Virginia at the War Department in Washington, D.C..  Victories in the previous weeks were a boost to northern morale in the run-up to the general election.  Twenty-five year-old General George Custer led the delegation. His promotion to major-general was announced the same day.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Sheridan's Victory," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 12, 1864, p. 721.