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Jayhawker wrote: »
George Armstrong Custer and 267 Troopers and Scouts of the 7th U.S. Cavalry died at the Little Bighorn....
horselips wrote: »
I seethe with anger when I contemplate the Indian monument at the Little Big Horn, because of it, I will never, ever visit this battlefield. God bless George Custer, our Golden Cavalier, and our 7th Cavalry.
Custer's portrait hangs in my den's gallery of great Indian fighters, right between Hernando Cortez and Francisco Pizarro.
Wambli Ska wrote: »
Interesting bumper sticker I saw on a PU truck owned by a native American said "Custer had it coming...". Tough to forget he ordered an attack against seriously overwhelming numbers. A very poor decision in his part that can only be justified by perhaps arrogance?
Big Chief wrote: »
Draw your own conclusions.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Little_Bighorn
Role of Indian noncombatants in Custer's strategyCuster's field strategy was designed to engage noncombatants at the encampments on the Little Bighorn so as to capture women, children, and the elderly or disabled:297 to serve as hostages and human shields. Custer's battalions were poised to "ride into the camp and secure noncombatant hostages" and "forc[e] the warriors to surrender". Author Evan S. Connell observed that if Custer could occupy the village before widespread resistance developed, the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors "would be obliged to surrender, because if they started to fight, they would be shooting their own families.":312
In Custer's book My Life on the Plains, published just two years before the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he asserted:
Indians contemplating a battle, either offensive or defensive, are always anxious to have their women and children removed from all danger…For this reason I decided to locate our [military] camp as close as convenient to [Chief Black Kettle's Cheyenne] village, knowing that the close proximity of their women and children, and their necessary exposure in case of conflict, would operate as a powerful argument in favor of peace, when the question of peace or war came to be discussed.
On Custer's decision to advance up the bluffs and descend on the village from the east, Lt. Edward Godfrey of Company K surmised:
[Custer] expected to find the squaws and children fleeing to the bluffs on the north, for in no other way do I account for his wide detour. He must have counted upon Reno's success, and fully expected the "scatteration" of the non-combatants with the pony herds. The probable attack upon the families and capture of the herds were in that event counted upon to strike consternation in the hearts of the warriors, and were elements for success upon which General Custer fully counted.:379
early wrote: »
It was a collective calamity of errors.
Custer fell victim to believing his own hyperbole- - - - -
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