GDG- Custer (and Gettysburg) On the Tube Again

George Connell georgeconnell at
Thu Jan 19 11:00:43 CST 2012

You can't say anything bad about Bobby Lee today. It's his birthday!



On Jan 19, 2012, at 8:59, Batrinque at wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> In a message dated 1/19/2012 8:50:04 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
> georgeconnell at writes:
> Add to  that getting himself and everyone with him killed and I have to 
> wonder what he  had to do to be judged incompetent! 
> Perhaps not having a fundamentally very successful military career for the  
> preceding decade and a half?
> "incompetent", to me, describes a longterm, even permanent, level of  
> performance.  Certainly Custer made mistakes at the LBH, given the  situation 
> that actually existed rather than what he incorrectly believed to be  the case, 
> but to me that one day does not equal incompetence, given his history  and 
> regardless of how spectacular the consequences.  Robert E. Lee pissed  away 
> far more lives at Malvern Hill and in the PPT Charge than Custer did at the  
> LBH, but I don't view REL as incompetent.
> Bruce  Trinque
> Amston, CT
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