To: Leaning Right
As for me, Id have taken those guns, and just moved a little slower
Gatling guns are suited more for static defenses, not mobile assault as Custer's troopers were used to.
My first term paper was on the Battle of Little Bighorn
Gatlings were heavy, used on a platform, which was a wagon which traveling across uneven terrain would have been torturous and a drain on manpower(horsepower too). Carrying it by horse or man would be impractical as it would need disassibling and a disassembled gun is useless. Indians would soon realized it's action and attack from a different angle, anyway. It would have been of use in the trenches around Richmond(Civil War) but in the Great Plains it was used luggage
posted on 06/25/2019 10:58:21 AM PDT
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Interesting info there. Thanks.
And since - as you said - Gatlings would have been useless on the open plains, if I were Custer I would have reverted to my plan B: Stay in the fort with the Gatling Guns.
posted on 06/25/2019 11:10:32 AM PDT
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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.
posted on 06/25/2019 3:36:21 PM PDT
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