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...
Did a big win at Washita do anything to soften the 7th Calvery later at Little Bighorn?
A couple things spring to mind. The lack of casualties, Custer's loss of only ten or eleven men at Washita, may have given his regiment an unrealistic view of what acceptable casualties are in victories. Custer, being well experienced in the civil war, knows that high statistics do occur. But Reno, also a civil war vet, maybe had a different expectation, resulting from the Washita victory. Reno fled after losing only 20 or 30 of his men in the Little Bighorn timber , and probably losing far more in his attempt to retreat from the timber. Did he have a false expectation?
Last Edit: Feb 29, 2020 23:37:05 GMT -5 by moderator
Post by benteeneast on Feb 15, 2008 20:35:27 GMT -5
Although you are off some on the numbers in the timber I think you are on to something. It was so easy to take of those Indians why train way above what is thought it takes to defeat them. Doesn't have to conscious just maybe some slacking off here and there.
How hard could it be for the Patriots to beat the Giants.
Slacking off can be a factor, but I meant more to the regard that Reno might not have understood how much loss is acceptable in warfare, there's a point where you have to run for the hills, but its up to various leaders to properly distinguish where and when at the proper moments.