Captain Robert Carter, 4th Cavalry Dec 18, 2013 14:03:02 GMT -5
Post by mitchboyer on Dec 18, 2013 14:03:02 GMT -5
Dec 17, 2013 5:23:09 GMT -5 @hevat said:
"By staying in the timber where he had lost but one man, he [Reno] might have lost some more---as Forsythe did on Beecher Island, or as I did at the mouth of Canyon Blanco in the panhandle of Texas---but it would seem now . . . as though 'prudence' and 'sanity' should have dictated his staying where he was under good cover, and to play a waiting game, even had he lost a few more men, than to have exposed his gallant battalion by cowardly flight to the murderous fire of hundreds of yelling savages riding along his flank, subjecting them to almost certain destruction, a situation which---so far as our gallant little army is concerned---has never had a parallel in its long history of splendid deeds."
<g> More of the same …
Keogh, I continue to enjoy and appreciate your historical posts involving individuals who either participated in the battle or whom posses first hand knowledge of those who actually fought the battle. While such an advantage does not automatically constitute a sense of being absolutely correct regarding how the battle played out it does, somewhat, put you in the driver's seat.s
Carter was a contemporary of Custer and actually knew some of the participates personally. He and the others (Custer, Benteen, Reno0. etc.}all lived and existed in a time frame where the psychological, social, and moral nuances of people were quite different than that of our time.
Much more professional emphasis is placed upon the Military Command structure of today than yesteryear;professionalism being the key word.
During the era of the Big Horn battle, officers were more often selected for the academy due to family stature than actual ability. In too many cases the talent required to command then was of a much lesser degree than today. Outrageous errors facilitated on profound and universal, racial prejudice.
Realizing this, the insistence to evaluate the capabilities of a commander of the 19th century to one of this era is not only futile but, misses the point altogether. Legitimate officers issued but, now followed need to be evaluated honestly and not in a vacuum of "Commander."
Thanks again for all you do and please post "MORE OF THE SAME!"