The term ‘goat’ is applied to the lowest ranking graduate of any year at the West Point Military Academy in the United States. In 1861, who finished last in their class, thereby receiving the accolade of ‘goat’?

Answer: George Armstrong Custer. Two years later, the fiercely ambitious Custer, aged 23, was promoted brigadier general – the youngest general officer in the Union Army.

Source: A Genius for War – A Life of George S Patton by Carlo D’Este

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