GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again
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Wed Jan 18 18:55:02 CST 2012
I would suggest that not all the men in the 7th were "friends" of Custer.
I've read that he was well-despised by a good proportion if not the men
"Just the facts, ma'am."
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In a message dated 1/18/2012 1:33:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jgrim1941 at gmail.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
I watched that yesterday as well and had the same interpretation that you
had. I smiled when they talked about the importance of Custer on July 3rd
and his significant accomplishment on the AOP right flank.
What I took away from it was what I've always believed. Custer was
aggressive and brash and given to show. It got him and several hundred of
his men killed.
On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM, <Batrinque at aol.com> wrote:
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Last evening I caught the new episode of PBS's "American Experience"
> Custer's Last Stand". It was fairly well done; i.e., neither engaged in
> mindless Custer-bashing nor was a worshipful paean to the man. It very
> much focused on Custer himself (and his wife) rather than on the battle
> Little Big Horn per se. There were a few minor errors and some
> interpretations I don't wholly agree with, but that is par for the
> One of the latter was the emphasis on how important Custer's actions were
> in winning at Gettysburg. The
> photography was much in the mode popularized by Ken Burns's "The Civil
> War": lots
> of old photos, many of which were not of the subject actually being
> discussed on screen, while the camera zooms in or out or scans from side
> to side
> to provide a sense of dynamism not present in a static photo. I find it
> interesting that in a print work of history (a book) a wholly different
> standard of acceptable practice applies -- in any reputable history book
> would seldom find photos of "not the real thing" used (unless carefully
> identified as such) but on the TV screen that is normal practice (and in
> justification I suppose you could say that necessity is behind it: you
> can't fill
> up two hours of screen time with just images that were actually
> at the time).
> Not the greatest thing I have ever seen on television, not the worst.
> the best thing ever done on George Custer or his last battle, and far
> the worst.
> Bruce Trinque
> Amston, CT
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