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Seriously? Little Bighorn? What's Audacious about...

March 24 2012 at 4:40 AM

Brett Peacock  (Login Wurger41)
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Getting all your men (and yourself), killed for no good reason?

Audacious is NOT the word I'd even consider thinking of... Dumba$$ is.

Custer divided his force in the face of the enemy, without knowledge of its' location or even its' size. He began a downhill charge into an unrecconnoitered position.. with clearly inferior numbers (250 troopers against nearly 4000 Sioux and Cheyenne )... Then he tried to back out once battle was joined...uphill!

The Sioux and the Cheyenne proceeded to profoundly alter his self perception. By kicking his a$$ into oblivion, along with the poor unfortunate troopers he led. The ONLY officer who came out of it with any credit (militarily speaking) was the one they (the papers and politicians) chose to blame for the whole fiasco. Benteen.

Custer finished dead LAST (by a large margin) in his class at West Point for a Reason. He was a profoundly untalented officer, combined with arrogant self belief and crass stupidity.

The Little Bighorn Fight was a disaster for of the 7th cav, but a clusterf**k on the part of Custer, and showed up the skill and courage of the Sioux and Cheyenne. They acknowledged that the troppers off the cavalry had fought well, but many (INCLUDING Custer) chose suicide over fighting to the death. (A "grave sin" and a cowardly act in Indian culture.) Its recorded that several troopers did not kill themselves but fought until killed. Their bodies were covered by blankets and left alone. The others were mutilated to show contempt for their cowardice.

Custer was even more foolish than Lt. Fetterman had been in 1866. But not Audacious at all. The best account of the Fetterman fight I found was in Terry Johnson's novel "Sioux Dawn". While it is a novel, the Late Mr Johnson pays close attention to the historical (as opposed to the popular image) events he writes about. Fetterman had clear and explicit orders not to take his "patrol" (actually a punishment raid) over the ridge where he could not be supported by Artillery from Fort Phil Kearney. He led 100 odd men over the ridge in open defiance of his orders and found over 1500 Sioux hidden on the far side of that ridge waiting in ambush. They waited until he had ridden past them and then cut him off. No-one rode back.

Brett (in a bubble-bursting kind of frame of mind...)

This message has been edited by Wurger41 from IP address on Mar 24, 2012 5:02 AM

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