General George A. Custer, the man Jan 8, 2011 14:15:50 GMT -5
Post by strange on Jan 8, 2011 14:15:50 GMT -5
Because you're implying vanity. You're other points were even worse. The child from Monaseetah (forgive if I don't spell that right) has not been confirmed, its a very murky subject. With the sheer amount of sex that Custer avidly engaged in with his wife, as well as a few other possible partners, none of it ever produced a child... why?
The simple fact was that Custer was either very good at "pulling out" or taking various precautions, or he may have been incapable of having children on account of Jeffrey Wert's speculation into the primitive treatments for various stds. For some Indian lady to just suddenly turn up a child feels completely off from the norm, thus I don't think it belongs to him. As for Tom, who knows? We wouldn't even know if he was the father.
Also for you to respond to his fondness and friendlyness for his Native American scouts by mentioning something like "sure he was close to Indians, he had a child with one of them", obviously thats a very low down thing to say. Conz and maybe even myself also have made the points very clear that Custer was quite a good fellow in these areas of racial acceptance or friendship, he'd also make restaurants serve his black cook when he brought her along to eat in places that wouldn't seat negroes. Despite all of these facts, he is still widely regarded as the Indian Hitler, simply for the fact that he is a familiar and famous face to attach with something like that.
Its a pretty nasty low blow. This is like something J Edgar Hoover would have pulled against Martin Luther King. Here we have this spectacular civil rights hero, but oh wait.... Hoover has some tapes of him mounting a buffalo gal and LBJ is right around the corner to feed his sick need for trashy secret information.
I did once consider Custer to be an avid civil rights hero. I'm not exactly sure if I can still say that in its entirety on account of the fact that he did not exactly crusade or publicly make a big stand for these things, but if he made friends then he made sure his friends were treated with dignity. These friends were white, black, and Indian.
Whenever Custer actually is accused of racism, it usually stems from remarks of a cultural observation. It is a simple fact that Blacks coming out of slavery were not altogether ready to be absorbed into various areas of more civilized life, they were treated like barnyard animals and that was how some of them were still behaving. It took many heroes and an assortment of odd individuals to rise up from this level of oppression. So when Custer refuses to command black soldiers, he's simply being concerned for his career status as well as a cultural observation of what he believed they were ready for. And I wouldn't even agree with that sentiment but it was his to make and it is applicable.
For the Indians, he had been as good as he could be in describing them. He complimented all of their militant aspects, sympathized with their plights, and made friends of them also while at the same time not lying about brutality and nastyness.
If you want to zero in on someone who really did despise the Indians in every possible way, why not take it up with Jimmy Calhoun and make him your subject of contempt? You won't because he is not famous enough. Why not also critique Tommy boy Custer for pulling the french waiter trick on the Indians (need you be reminded of what that trick is, you can see it performed here lest we forget)?
You won't do it because they aren't famous like Custer is.
Lastly, a commander is well within their rights to punish deserters in however fashion they please. Robert E Lee hanged more deserters than Custer could ever dream for and he marched his soldiers past their bodies (one of these incidences seems to have also been photographed). Are you gonna say anything about Lee? No, you won't. Lee is stiffer game and if you get on his ass you'll have an army of southern enthusiasts arriving to slap you with their gauntlets. You mustering several edges against Custer because currently you have the Indian Enthusiast inspired majority to characterize him as a villain and just pound and pound on poor goldilocks long after the wolves and other various animals have already picked his bones clean.
That is why its a low blow.