GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Thu Jan 19 10:07:29 CST 2012

I say again.  On that ground in a rapidly moving battle I  see no way for 
them to be effectively used.  They were heavy, clunky, and  clumsy and 
complicated to operate.  Being mostly surrounded the crews would  have been 
attacked from behind no matter where they aimed them. The crews  probably would 
have been shot down in short order even if they did have time to  get set up.
Go on Bing and take a look at the terrain.  I've been  there and I can't 
imagine Gatlings being useful at all.
I think you are not familiar with the terrain when you discuss  the 
Bing maps.
"Just  the facts, ma'am." 

Your Most Obediant Servant

In a message dated 1/19/2012 11:02:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
jlawrence at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:
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 wrote:

>Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
>In a message dated 1/19/2012 9:00:27 A.M.  Eastern Standard Time,  
>jlawrence at  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 
>offer of "Buffalo Soldiers" for the 1876  campaign.
>Bruce  Trinque
>Amston,  CT
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