The Reno-Weir Argument Over Going to Help Custer Sept 26, 2013 16:59:52 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on Sept 26, 2013 16:59:52 GMT -5
OK, strange.... I detect a note of conciliation there and if that is the case I am willing to enter a truce. Maybe even an armistice and ultimately, a peace treaty. Correct me, will you, if I am wrong.
Having said that, let me explain something to you. I am not in the least bit interested in these so-called "greater minds" than yours or of any of those who you claim "hate my timeline." In fact, I have nothing but the greatest disdain for fools like that, because fools they are. If they hate mine, then they have to hate John Gray's; if they hate mine, then they have to hate any that "keogh" puts together. If that is not the case and they merely "hate" mine, then it is clear they are afraid of truth, whether or not my work ultimately reveals that truth.
Let me cite an example... my favorite example.
Events... any event... happen at a specific, measurable time. If I pull the trigger of a gun, I do so at a specific, pin-pointed time; let's say, 2:05 PM. Now, it is correct to say I pulled that trigger between 2 PM and 3 PM, but it would be misleading to refer to the trigger-pulling as occurring closer to 3 PM than to 2 PM. Correct?
So let's apply that to a figurative example at the LBH. Let us say our favorite whipping boy, Fred Benteen, left the morass at 2:05 PM, and let's just say the morass was eight miles from the top of Reno Hill. Now, for argument's sake, let us say Benteen reached the top of Reno Hill at 3:05 PM; but because of sloppy or lazy research or no research at all, we make a determination Benteen reached the hilltop between 3 PM and 4 PM. Both of these "times" or "time frames" are correct, aren't they?
You see where I am going here?
If one can prove-- or get close to proving-- Benteen actually arrived at 3:05, then we can compute his speed at 8 MPH. If, however, we prefer to detract from Benteen's reputation-- for whatever reason-- then we would not be wrong-- theoretically!!!-- by saying Benteen didn't arrive until close to 4 PM. (By the way, this is exactly the type of rationale your friend griffith uses in his determinations.)
Well, now... 4 PM equates to a speed of about 4 MPH, a mere walk. This, versus the 8 MPH figure which is closer to the standard, textbook, cavalry gallop. Suddenly we go from a lethargic, nonchalant Benteen, to a man of some considerable spunk. Well, the detractors cannot have that now, can they? If Benteen were shown to be a man in a rush, then all that hyperbolic hatred could not be justified and all these critics would prove to be wrong. And that includes all the writers and the silliness they incorporated in their books. How, I ask you, does one go about writing a book of retraction? In this country, in this day and age, that sort of thing labels one as indecisive or worse, someone changing his opinion or mind or stance. That is tantamount to an admission of being wrong, one of the worst crimes anyone can commit in this country. God forbid!
So... like I have said dozens of times on both these boards, I am only interested in finding out the truth of the LBH. I have no interest in sanctifying George Custer or Fred Benteen or Marcus Reno. To me, this is a big mystery. It is an Agatha Christie/Dorothy Sayers/Marjorie Allingham/Ngaio Marsh book with the last ten pages torn out.
One other thing. I am loathe to condemn historic figures who are not here to defend themselves without proof certain of their culpability. As many detractors as have Reno and Benteen, that is the number of defenders. All month long I have read posts about all these people who said Reno was drunk. Other than Frett-- and his cohort, Churchill... whose names I mentioned-- no other names have been shown to have claimed, outright, Reno was drunk. Yet just for the heck of it, I gave you the names of two enlisted men who claimed in the strongest terms Marcus Reno was not drunk. So we have this abject claim the man was sloshed and no proof. Yet that, against the real evidence, is accepted. Why? To explain his method of retreat? Why would you need a reason to explain that retreat? I would think the method speaks for itself.
And yes, I do think Reno had a drink or two, but then so did Herendeen, Gerard, Porter, Varnum, Hare, Hodgson, and who knows who else. In situations like that, a good, stiff pop fortifies the nerves for greater achievements... doesn't it? It would for me!!!
So, anyway... the "haters of my timeline" can continue to hate. Like I said, it is irrelevant to me and their opinions mean less to me than they do. Remember, if you hate mine, you hate Gray's, you hate Rini's. Otherwise, we call it hypocrisy. Or maybe they are just afraid I may come so close to the truth that their entire fantasy of blowing trumpets, flags waving in the wind, the golden-haired hero riding into the sunset may come tumbling down into reality.
And me...? I'm just curious to know the truth.