Benteen's Orders - The March to the left Jul 22, 2019 10:59:18 GMT -5 moderator and culpeper like this
Post by benteeneast on Jul 22, 2019 10:59:18 GMT -5
Robb correctly pointed out we are dancing on the head of a pin. He is correct. Acknowledge it. I did. I'm not taking the bait any longer. I've tried to be educational and informative and you have been constantly on the defense for reasons known only to you.
I like Robb and he has over 700 books on this battle but he rarely comments on substance. He did instruct in winter survival if I recall correctly.
I agree in principle and have always pointed out I could see your skills here. It was your approach such as stating they were all liars with Benteen and that Darling got it wrong that I contend is where you erred. If Darling was wrong because every written account is false then you have point. Darling used the accounts Godfrey and Edgerly and others. I think we rode the correct area as best we could for the Darling route. Your route may be faster but without ground-truthing we don't if horses could actually ride. Our ride was not original and I know that Mike Donahue and Dale Kosman rode it before I did. I all did is bring along a GPS to show where we rode following Darling's route.
I am serious that your skills could help on determining potential routes for Custer especially after leaving MTC.
So we should be on the same side since we are both looking for truth. My Marine activity in Viet Nam ended 49 years ago and we did most of our activities by ourselves. Recon would do our forward observations. I operated a PRC 25 and carried an M16-A1. We had M-60s at the time.
So come to the battlefield next June and you can meet us and go to the places we go. Do you ride a horse? I think when you meet someone in person it is a lot different than impressions from boards.
Next year would be great. You could meet Fred Wagner and his crew. His book Strategy of Defeat has lots of simultaneous timelines which is helpful when determining overall rates of travel.