Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable: Decision at Tom’s Brook
William J. Miller
Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight
William J. Miller is a writer, teacher, and preservationist. A former editor of Civil War Magazine, his books include Mapping for Stonewall, (Fletcher Platt Award) and the top-selling Great Maps of the Civil War. Decision at Tom’s Brook is his ninth book on Civil War history.
The story of the Oct. 9, 1864 Tom’s Brook cavalry affair centers on two young men who had risen to prominence as soldiers: George A. Custer and Thomas L. Rosser. They
had been friends since West Point, but the war sent them down separate paths, Custer to the Union army and Rosser to the Confederacy. Each was a born warrior who took obvious joy in the exhilaration of battle. Each possessed almost all the traits of the ideal cavalryman: courage, intelligence, physical strength, inner fire. Only their judgment was questionable.