Pvt. Peter Thompson (MOH) discussion -- C Co. Jun 8, 2019 10:51:29 GMT -5 benteeneast and dickwood like this
Post by Gerry on Jun 8, 2019 10:51:29 GMT -5
I think your attack on a Medal of Honor winner is unwarranted. There is nothing to support you accusation that Thompson hid behind a hill. His description of the terrain features are Prima Facie evidence of him being where he said he was. We know that Thompson's horse remained on the bluffs and was recovered and later shot. Can you describe the location where Custer could have rode off the bluffs and do everything that Thompson describes? I know that Gerry and myself can. I have been right there sitting on a horse and looking at how easy it would be to ride down at this point. Most of bluffs have no such way to move down.
I think you should view this as reading an account of how a young man becomes a soldier. It also points out that most individuals have a range of reaction to events. I think it is similar to most animals. Flight,Freeze,Fight If you have never experienced it than you haven't been in those types of situations. The freeze can be a momentary reaction to a surprise stimulant and just long enough to get you killed. Flight is a common reaction in battle if things are not going your way. Fight is training, experience, ability and individual components.
As far as Thompson, Curley, and Martin their accounts are consistent with each other. Curley has troops moving straight across MTC and the gray horses moving down MTC toward MTF. Martin states he went within 600 yards of MTF. So it is possible that HQ went with E company toward the ford. Thompson states he sees fighting in the exact same area. An Indian drawing has the gray horses there also.
More accounts seem consistent with the splitting of the 5 companies before exiting MTC. So Indians at the village see what they saw and those around Luce see a different event around the same time.
I concur with everything you state in the post.
There is no need for me to react to HR's remarks, nor Robb's comments. My time is short today.