A lot of people nearly kicked out of West Point.
Wasn't one of the deciding factors, aside from Custer's bumbling stupidity the fact that the Indians had Winchester repeaters compared to the 7th Cav's single-shot trapdoors?
Further more, eight dead left behind would probably equate to several more times KIA.
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