Skip to comments.History What-If: Could Custer Have Survived the Battle of Little Big Horn? [June 25, 1876]
Posted on 06/25/2019 7:36:18 AM PDT by Red Badger
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There was a claim some years back that it might have gone differently had Custer brought his Gatling Gun which was not mentioned in this article
I doubt it would have made a difference in the final outcome...............
located in the middle of nowhere South Dakota.
He actually was not reduced in rank. He never held a General’s Commission in the U.S. Army. During the Civil War He was a Brevet Brigadier General. This rank was temporary and held until the war ended. At the end of the war, his brevet commission expired. He was then appointed Lt Col. in the Regular Army. He was lucky, in that respect, the Union Army shrank from about 800,000 men in 1865 to a Regular Army of about 15,000 men in 1866.
Some did I’m sure - no doubt about that. James Butler was one. He was found totally by himself amidst a pile of shell casings from his .45-70 carbine.
Indians also might have said that they fought bravely in order to placate to the narrative and out of fear of retribution. Imagine them saying they were all cowards as they turned themselves in later that year?
Leftwing fiction, huh?
Battle of Slim Buttes is where more than a handful of teepees exploded. Those Indians sure knew how to horde.
They didn’t LOL!
I believe they had spears and machetes. Reading about that bloody battle makes me cringe worse than LBH.
Thought about the same thing with my Great-Grandfather, though he was born in 1873. He died in 1955 also.
What in the hell does Jerry Nadler have to do with Custer?
He was not the youngest General in US History at that point.
That honor went to Ranald MacKenzie (USMA 1862) if you count West Point grads. And even then it was only a Brevet Rank.
Or you could say Galusha Pennypacker was the youngest. The reason nobody firmly says he’s the youngest is because there are discrepancies in his birth documents.
He would’ve never made it to the battlefield before July toting those guns over that terrain. Which is why he rejected it.
A few of them had the same single shot Martini Henry that the Brits carried. Most were armed with a short spear called an assegai.
“Indians also might have said that they fought bravely in order to placate to the narrative and out of fear of retribution”
After what they did to the bodies after they massacred them you really think they thought they wanted to placate? I doubt it very much.
The Indians were sincere in their praise of the troopers.
Richard Fox may be an archaeologist, but he is a joke as an amateur military “expert.”
In Harry Turtledoves alternative history novels Custer is a war hero who is about as well loved as Jerry Nadler.
Believe he was fighting JEB Stuart on southern Kansas border.
You ever read Theodore Goldin’s account of the battle?
He was an enlisted man who was assigned to ride with Lt. Cooke and given a message to deliver to Reno right before the 210 troopers galloped behind the bluffs (but before Martini’s message to Benteen).
It’s a good read for any student of the battle. Lots of contradictions with timelines and it’s his essay along with even Benteen’s that make me question Godfrey’s timeline.
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