GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again
jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Thu Jan 19 09:26:50 CST 2012
Correct. In 1866. That is not the point.
He had refused them and would not consider them. They were available, but his innate prejudice denied him their use. Since by this time they had a proven record, he could (should) have availed himself of other use.
Batrinque at aol.com wrote:
>Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
>In a message dated 1/19/2012 9:00:27 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
>jlawrence at kc.rr.com writes:
>Custer was offered one of the newly firmed black Calvary units when they
>were first formed.
>He turned them down because he felt they were inferior.
>That is what is said, but if that indeed happened it was a decade before
>the Little Big Horn battle. Like many other officers of his day, Custer
>evidently shared a distrust of "colored" troops. He did not turn down any
>offer of "Buffalo Soldiers" for the 1876 campaign.
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