GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Wed Jan 18 19:29:01 CST 2012

I think leaving the Gatlings behind was a smart move.   Custer's plan was 
to move fast to catch the Indians.  The Gatlings were  about as heavy as any 
light arty.  It would have slowed them a lot as they  were going cross 
country.  It's pretty rough country out  there.
Plus the Indian attack unrolled so fast there really wasn't  much time to 
find a good site for them.  If you can see panaramic pictures  you'll see 
what I mean.  Plus The ridge seems like a pretty lousy place to  try to use any 
kind of arty effectively as it was so hilly and broken up.   And with the 
Indians at 360' where are you going to shoot?  Turn one way  and they come in 
behind you   Turn the other way and they are over  there too.  One of the 
reason attributed to the quick demise for the 7th  was that the ridge left 
them pretty exposed on both sides.  How are you  going to set up a Gatling 
without being pretty likely to get shot  there?
"Just  the facts, ma'am." 

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In a message dated 1/18/2012 3:59:36 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jlawrence at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
The problem with Custer is that, at Little Big horn  he refused the use of :

1) Buffalo Soldiers (could not fight, despite  what he should have learned 
th ACW;
2) Gatling Guns (I thionk this  decision to leave them behind reminds me of 


----- Original Message -----  
From: "Dennis Lawrence" <denlaw at>
To: "GDG"  <gettysburg at>
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:09  PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube  Again

> Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
>>I don't think the show portrayed  Custer as a psychopath.  Nor do I  view
>>him as one.   An aggressive, ambitious cavalry officer, yes.  And  one  
>>much following standard military doctrine of the  day.
> Hello,
>   The problem  with Custer interpretations is looking back, we realize he 
> was on the  wrong side of history. Even though it was the accepted 
> and  political policy , having starred in the greatest debacle of that 
> it is easier to caricature him  as the out of touch  renegade.
> Take  Care
> Dennis
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