Supplementum: Timeline for LBH Battle Aug 21, 2017 16:17:58 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Aug 21, 2017 16:17:58 GMT -5
Now Wallace on the other hand had a job to do and that was to record this insignificant event. And he did.
Unfortunately, I do not believe that Wallace's job was to record insignificant events. Nor do I believe its very likely that Custer would announce that his command had just been discovered by Indian scouts who were believed to be riding to warn their village of his approach and then delay his general advance towards the village by an hour and a half (as Wallace would have us believe). That makes no sense to me, nor does it play into Custer's known personality. We need to remember that this was Custer, not McClellan or Terry or Gibbon leading the 7th that day.
Things are about to get hectic when those same participants will not have time to be looking at their stupid watches. Their watch will not save them. Indians don't give a darn about time. They don't have any time schedule then need to adhere to. The Indians have all day to kill soldiers. Time is irrelevant. Darkness is the only thing that can save them. They don't need any stupid watch to tell when it is dark.
Yes, it is important to realize that nearly all Indian times are very general and based on sun times rather than watch times. They are used primarily to indirectly support the time estimates given by other participants.
I would be surprised if some of these men even carried a watch. I would be willing to bet that many that give times never had a watch. Only DeRudio and his fancy watch that was worked on just before he left. So we know his times are spot on..(LOL)
It was actually Gerard who mentioned that he had his watch cleaned and conditioned just before they left on their summer campaign. And thank goodness for us that he did, for it conveniently dismisses the excuse that the watches were not working properly. It also helps that De Rudio's watch time matches up so well to that given us by Fred Gerard.