GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
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 
and officers.
"Just  the facts, ma'am." 

Your Most Obediant Servant

In a message dated 1/18/2012 1:33:38 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jgrim1941 at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
Esteemed Members

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>  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 
> the
> 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
> you
> 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
> photographed
> 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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