GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

Batrinque at aol.com Batrinque at aol.com
Wed Jan 18 18:38:25 CST 2012



In a message dated 1/18/2012 6:47:55 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
georgeconnell at mac.com writes:

If not  incompetent, what would you call his actions at the Little Big 
Horn--a bad day  at the office?
 
 
No, he fundamentally misread the situation, but he acted in a manner that  
would have been followed by any number of officers experienced in Indian  
warfare, wrongly convinced that the foe would always attempt to escape rather  
than stand and fight.  Sometimes, even quite good officers can make  
decisions with bad outcomes because they are mistaken about what the real  
situation is.  I am sure that Lee believed that Pickett and Pettigrew could  
readily punch through Meade's line on the third day at Gettysburg.  And  Grant 
thought that Lee's army was on the verge of collapse at Cold Harbor when  he 
ordered that attack.

Bruce  Trinque
Amston, CT


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