GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again
georgeconnell at mac.com
Wed Jan 18 19:49:40 CST 2012
Fundamentally misreading the situation is a euphemism for incompetence.
In combat there are reasonable errors of assessment and blundering, damn-fool, non-thinking mistakes. Custer's actions belong in the latter category.
Luck Jack would never had made such an egregious error.
On Jan 18, 2012, at 19:38, Batrinque at aol.com wrote:
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> 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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