A Stand for Victory

Publié le par custerwest

40 years after Davy Crockett's stand at the Alamo, Custer's stand was much more important that people usually think
CUSTER'S STAND MATTERED FOR 
VICTORY
original article by custerwest.org member
Jessie Reil

 


I will submit that George Custer was and is a victim of his own humanity, victim meaning a willing person agreeing to the terms that his humane nature toward enemies might get him killed or murdered, and, a person caught up in the definition of humanity as body of people who will read an article like this and deem it in simplicity as "good or bad", "long or short", just like they view General George Custer dead without examining his battle command affects and looking at Indians as victors without examining their battle command effects.

It is not common in today's overbearing politically correct world for anyone to admit they are biased as they are somehow then judged unfit to find the Truth. My purpose is here am I biased for the Truth and completely biased in an adoration based in chivalry for a woman named Elizabeth Custer as her entire life was one of sacrifice for that Truth.

It is not my purpose to discuss at length the battle of the Little Big Horn, but instead of make in depth points about the battle which  never have been discussed in print before as the world looks at General Custer just as dead and the Indians just as victors.

The first realization is General George Custer twice on June 25th, 1876 saved the Reno and Benteen battalions. Major Reno abandoning the battlefield instead of holding position was not just being routed by Gaul's forces, but was about to be annihilated.
Crazy Horse, himself was coming to join the Reno front as Reno had fled to the hills routed. These forces though left the attack, because at that moment General Custer entered the battle and drew off the entire Indian command who would have finished off Reno's battalion and as Capt. Benteen was just coming up in exposed ground would have turned on him and smashed his force. In that, the entire mule supply train would have been wiped out too.
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The first realization is General George Custer twice on June 25th, 1876 saved the Reno and Benteen battalions. 
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Of course, no one has considered this in depth as General Custer drew off the entire armed body of Indians in his attack saving the Reno and Benteen Battalions.

Historical perspective does not also note that IF, IF Reno could have held his front for only 15 minutes more where Benteen would have then been forced to either join Benteen or forced to follow orders in joining General Custer, that by that time General Custer would have crossed the Little Big Horn and captured the entire fleeing female and child population outside of the camps to be held as hostages, exactly as the Washita Campaign successfully was completed.
15 minutes by Reno, not attacking, not following orders just as he was guilty of, and General Custer with is battalion would have captured the entire Sioux and Cheyenne camps forcing them by holding their women and children to return to the reservation.
15 minutes and no winter campaign of 1876, no freezing winter in Canada for Sitting Bull's failed policy and no murder of Crazy Horse in 1877 for his failed policy.

custer24o.jpg (16696 bytes)History shows in the par dux of the Battle of the Little Big Horn that while ignorant viewers were seeing General Custer dead and the Indians victorious that instead the reality was that while Major Reno so emboldened the Indians to attack the Custer command for 3 hours in finally wiping it out, that General Custer and his command so devastated the Indians in numbers of cairns showing almost 250 dead markers of warriors on the battlefield and that many wounded, that the Indians had been so exhausted that even on Benteen's hill of defense being riddled they could not repeat their "victory".
So many commentators seem to come to the point of drooling over General Crook's victory at the Rosebud, but withdrawal as a "victory for the Indians", but none of these same commentators notice that General Custer and his command so riddled the Sioux and Cheyenne they in effect were even greater recipients of defeat by their own hands than General Crook was.

The Little Big Horn was not a victory at all for the Sioux or Cheyenne. The failed policy of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse got a bloodied stalemate at the Rosebud, a costly slaughter of their warriors on the Custer front and a peppered stalemate on the Reno Benteen line which they never recovered from.
Sitting Bull would flee the field to Canada under the protection of the same globalist British Europeans whose links can be seen instigating for profit turmoil in America for a century. Crazy Horse would have his supplies so depleted he was absent from the Battle of Slim Buttes trading for ammunition and was incapable of aiding Cheyenne allies routed and fleeing to them in the winter campaign.
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The Little Big Horn was not a victory at all for the Sioux or Cheyenne. The failed policy of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse got a bloodied stalemate at the Rosebud, a costly slaughter of their warriors on the Custer front and a peppered stalemate on the Reno Benteen line which they never recovered from.

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The Indian Ring placing blame on the willing Indians taking credit for the Custer massacre, reveals that General Custer in 3 hours destroyed the Indian forces so completely they were never effective again and by the same sacrifice to duty saved the right and left wing of the 7th Cavalry from annihilation.
If General Custer had not destroyed the effective Indian forces that day on June 25th, so Benteen and Reno had been slaughtered to, the uprisings would have swept into the Dakotas, Nebraska and Minnesota causing the rapine and slaughter of thousands of American citizens by equal to the Minnesota Uprising a decade before.

General Custer might have been dead, but like Samson, he pulled down the entire house on the Indians and the criminals of the Indian Ring too in his duty to America.

custer4n.jpg (12204 bytes)When I was moved to my bias in dealing with this to bring out the too long covered Truth and to correct the far too many experts who knew nothing of military tactics, that the world is full of lying Indians and lying white people who had a hand in General Custer's murder and rise to defend Elizabeth Custer and her beloved Autie from senseless attacks, I had never considered any of the above nor my other forensic papers exposing this. My attempts were instead moved to "save General Custer", but in examining his battle plan just as General Nelson Miles had in walking the same ground, one finds that General Custer did everything correctly for he was fighting an offensive battle expecting 2/3rds of his forces to come to him.
Major Reno and Capt. Benteen for what appears to be part grudge, part payback, part promised advancement let General Custer and the entire command down in deliberately abandoning him to certain death.

If General Custer had known, it was going to be 200 troopers with him carrying out an attack against 1,500 or more Indian warriors, I have found 3 features the General would have employed which would have given him victory alone.
Many make reference to General Terry offering General Custer the Gatling guns. For the record, the Gatling gun as General Nelson Miles noted were not effective for the type of battle the 7th Cavalry was involved in.
Also General Custer noted, the Gatling guns were pulled by broken down former cavalry horses which would fail absolutely in the needed sudden push an attack would require, making those forces actually a hindrance to try and defend.

In this though, General Custer invested a great deal of time preparing for the Summer Campaign in moving forces to help the 7th Cavalry. The one company he did not include were the 12 pounder mountain howitzers which were carried by mule pack.
His reason was obvious in knowing the fighting which occurred on the Yellowstone in 1875 against Sitting Bull's forces that if the Indians had spotted cannons they would not attack the 7th which was the full intention for a fight, but would have fled.
For historical fact, General Terry and Gibbon, had cannon, which when the Indians saw them coming fled the Little Big Horn.

If though the General had known he was going to be abandoned, he would have had 6 cannon mule pack company which could have effectively sprayed with canister and exploding shells the draws the Indians were staging in for their mass attack.
The Indians seeing such a small force like Kit Carson's at Adobe Walls would have disregarded the small cannons at first until their effects showed that they were stalemated.
This would have caused them to leave a skirmishing force to deal with the 7th as their people fled into the anvil of General Gibbons and Terry which was indeed the battle plan on the Rosebud until both Major Reno and General Crook alerted the Indians and they dispersed.
Also in this as when Capt. Weir shamed Reno and Benteen into finally moving toward the Custer command, this added small cannon firepower would have provided the command the small force superiority they required.

Point 2 the Custer command, could have each carried cross picket stakes where the cavalry horses instead of being held by the #4 trooper would have been picketed which would have given General Custer and his officers a quarter more troops, which was almost 50 to add to the fight.
In the first and mid points of the battle as the Indian charge was at it's strength, these 50 rifleman would have been free to aid the marksmen in firing, dealing with jammed firearms, providing more targets to dilute Indian fire and provide as ammunition carriers.

undefinedPoint 3 the Custer command, had it known would have been alone could have used what Buffalo Bill Cody related in his memoirs was available in the General Crook command and that was a bayonet spade for digging rifle pits. The 200 troopers could have dug in rifle pits so their fire would have been secure and their positions not exposed to Indian fire. It certainly with General Custer's devastating the Indian forces saved the Reno Benteen commands from their "hill" which was lower than surrounding high ground.

These 3 features would have emboldened the troopers of the Custer command. Their beloved horses would have been secure and not a distraction nor a morale issue in their running off. The rifle pits would have given the troopers a stable firing position where they could have done extremely effective work and the light mountain howitzer would have kept the Indians from staging a mass attack just as Kit Carson had utilized the "cannon which shot twice" to save his command from the Comanche in like odds as General Custer faced.

Those are the historical facts General Custer could have employed if he had known he was going to be abandoned by his command, had known General Terry was going to only offer worthless support in Gatling guns on broken down horses, slow infantry and a disgruntled and ineffective 2nd Cavalry.

People just do not realize how close General Custer and his command came that day to winning at Custer Hill. His command fought for 3 hours and had to switch from offense to defense too late in the battle.
Still in all of this, the facts show that General Custer won the battle of the Little Big Horn as effectively as General Wolfe did at Quebec in dying there.
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People just do not realize how close General Custer and his command came that day to winning at Custer Hill. His command fought for 3 hours and had to switch from offense to defense too late in the battle.

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As stated, the uninformed focus on a dead General Custer and 200 dead troopers. The uninformed focus on a live Sitting Bull and Crazy horse.
They never though see over 250 dead Indians with perhaps double that dying afterwards from wounds. They never see Sitting Bull fleeing his nation to Canada for protection. They never see Crazy Horse dead by the next spring by his own people, yes his own tribe abandoned him so he had to surrender, but even in that Crazy Horse failed as he was trying to get his own reservation in the Big Horn mountains instead of the old treat stipulations in the Dakota.
 

They never see the Sioux or Cheyenne ever winning another battle under this "victory" which destroyed them. They never see the same mayhem Sitting Bull helped spread in the Ghost Dance caused Indians to believe in a nonsense that whites would all be removed from the lands Indians once held and they would flourish to life again. They never see the "victory" at the Little Big Horn would lead deceived Sioux off the safety of the reservation to their slaughter later at Wounded Knee.

As General Miles stated in it being easy to kick the dead lion of General Custer when so many liars were covering up for their absolute failings and treachery, but the hard part is looking logically at the entire history and in God given Wisdom witnessing General George Custer never died, he in faith received eternal life and in his sacrifice defeated a corrupt Grant Administration, corrupt military coup plotters and corrupt Indian leadership which was bankrupting their people and leaving their people dead all the while saving his command who abandoned him and so vanquishing overwhelming numbers of Indians that settlers from the Mississippi west to the Rockies and north of the Platte were saved from an Indian war exploding on them and the Sioux who were living peaceably there were saved from the absolute slaughter a war like that would bring on them.

The settlers who lived in that region understood what General Custer accomplished at the Little Big Horn and honored him by naming places after him. It is time the reality sets in that General Custer just like at the Washita battle saved numerous southern plains Indians, that by his actions at the Little Big Horn saved the remnants of the Sioux so they are still a people today instead of a group scattered in a few houses.
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The settlers who lived in that region understood what General Custer accomplished at the Little Big Horn and honored him by naming places after him.

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There are still people in England who view the loss of America in 1776 as the focus of history and never see the God given blessing that nation blossomed into for the entire world. There are far too many people seeing General George Armstrong Custer as dead and never realizing the facts that he was the victory in the war.
Perhaps that is one of the man reasons small people are still fighting him, because just like Davy Crockett at the Alamo, George Custer won his war.

 

Publié dans LBH: Last Stand (II)

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