Post by tunkasila on Sept 5, 2015 11:00:11 GMT -5
You should really get off the obsession you've got comparing the Fetterman and Custer defeats. As I've explained in our exchange of PM's, Fetterman was ambushed by warriors far from their village, therefore unencumbered by their families, whilst Custer surprised a village containing the largest population of Plains Indians ever engaged by the U.S. Army and attacked it on the assumption that its behaviour would be the same as that of smaller Indian camps so attacked. His assumption proved wrong, but he wasn't ambushed. The only comparison that can be made between Fetterman and Custer is that Indians only turned aggressive when they held an advantage, which they did in each case. Having said that, Fetterman got swallowed up whilst Custer was in a near run thing by the Indians own accounts.