Custer after 3411 Jul 12, 2011 13:54:36 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jul 12, 2011 13:54:36 GMT -5
I have a gray Missouri Foxtrotter. So if you read my post of what Carter states about visibilty from The Custer Myth and using your own personal knowledge how do you rate his professional soldier opinion that you can not see the color over 1/2 mile.
To me Carter was out to make all the officers liars and his opinion is useless.
Even Clair believes Carter erred on horse color observation at distance, I believe.
You're trying too hard too discredit Carter Steve. This is the statement that seems to be giving you trouble:
""Varnum must have been far-sighted to have seen a grey troop at the distance he gives. Ordinarily in that country it was difficult to see the color of horses half a mile away, especially if there was dust."
You will note that Carter does not say here that Varnum is lying, just that he must have been far-sighted, which I believe he was. Rosebud clarifies that one can see a grey horse at well over a mile, and I don't doubt that at all, but let's take a closer look at what Carter says before we jump to condemn him:
"Ordinarily in that country it was difficult to see the color of horses half a mile away, especially if there was dust."
Like the song goes, 'on a clear day, one can see forever....", but on a dusty day, perhaps half a mile will do. And keep in mind that few, if any soldiers at that time wore glasses to aid vision as we regularly do today. Without glasses, what one can see clearly over a mile away, might only be visible at half a mile.