Pvt. Theodore Goldin -- G Co. Dec 1, 2013 2:06:58 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Dec 1, 2013 2:06:58 GMT -5
In your most valued opinions, is there anything that Goldin said that just might have any veracity?
I've been going nuts over this guy for years and as I draw ever nearer to the first stages of entering the domain of the irrepressible "nursing home" I depend on both of you for an answer.
Neither of you gentleman will ever really know how much I appreciate your efforts. Thank You a thousand times!
There is no question in my mind that Goldin was a first class liar. His accounts are about as reliable as those of the Crow scouts. That said, I am not one who believes that everything a liar says must be false. When dealing with a source like Goldin, I like to see where his account fits in with the timing and distance markers as we know them. Does his account fit in with the surrounding terrain and what we know is going on with the elements around him? If so, then he may well be telling the truth. If, however, he makes a claim that does not fit in with what we know was happening at that time, then we can safely surmise that he is telling a whopper. I do believe that Goldin was with Custer's 5 companies as the ascended the bluffs. I say that because he could have been no where else. Somewhere along the line he either dropped out or was sent by Custer or Cooke as a messenger to Reno. He claimed to have delivered a message to Reno, but I am not certain that Goldin ever got across the river to do so before Reno retreated from the valley. I suspect that Goldin may have been the G Co. trooper hiding in the brush that Varnum ran into on his way down the bluffs. I think we need to keep in mind that at the time of the battle, he was just a 17 year old kid. The challenge in dealing with accounts such as Goldin, Kanipe, White Cow Bull, Curley or the Crows is to determine fact from fiction, as all of their accounts seem to contain a good degree of both. We should always avoid the temptation to throw the baby out with the bathwater.