Post by thehighwayman on Apr 14, 2008 6:51:33 GMT -5
Hello Melani- Yes, and of course nobody consulted Libbie. The least they could have done was give her her own gun.
I'm not so sure about that. I think I read, in one of Libbie's books [or Gen. C's My Life On The Plains], that Gen. C. did ask her to carry a small pistol or Derringer 'just in case'. There was a safe zone [so to speak] outside post walls, even so, he wanted her to carry it then as well. In fact, several officers provided their wives with small caliber handguns for the same purpose.
Whether she followed his request or not is rather ambiguous, IF I am remembering the matter correctly. Perhaps Gen. C. also had his doubts, and his requests/orders given to Cooke and Tom were meant as a backup in case Libbie couldn't bring herself to do it. Then again, she always had that knowing little smile, so maybe she was packin' after-all.
Post by custerwest on Apr 14, 2008 11:30:42 GMT -5
Yes, and of course nobody consulted Libbie. The least they could have done was give her her own gun.
Calamity Jane was already schocking the Victorian elites with her profanity and life. Imagine the legendary Libbie Custer with two guns, killing the Indians who chase her wagon.
I would pay to see that. Libbie had great courage (especially for standing against the liars after LBH), but she was also afraid of the thunderstorm when she was in Richmond in the end of the war. All that said, however, Richmond was not a nice place to be in the end of the war...
Post by benteeneast on Apr 15, 2008 8:50:44 GMT -5
The wounded and those carrying them are part of your 380. The pack train security has a defined job. What were they suppose to do?
At best there were less than 200 that could respond. Would not their appearance and moving away have the same effect that Custer had? After all Custer never attacked the village he appeared and drew off the Indians. Custer never went to the sounds of gun fire in the valley. He did not support Reno in the valley. What Custer and those on Weir Point latter did seemed to have worked and the Indians followed them to Reno-Benteen surrounding them. If there had been any surviving units with Custer they could have escaped then.
If they had fled without trying to draw the Indians off of Custer as Custer did for Reno then it would be a different story. There were brave men some medal of honor winners that put up a good defensive fight at Reno-Benteen. Isn't defense a good tactic against overwhelming odds. Custer's last stand is a great defensive fight.