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Old February 28, 2012, 03:49 PM   #51
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"With regards to Custer's guns he was a General..."

Custer had been a brevet Major General of Volunteers during the Civil War.

Once the war ended he was reduced back to his permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
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Old February 28, 2012, 04:45 PM   #52
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Not to mention the, um.....INDIANS that were there and didn't get killed would be, by definition, survivors
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Old February 28, 2012, 05:15 PM   #53
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Not to mention the, um.....INDIANS that were there and didn't get killed would be, by definition, survivors
You are correct, sir. But I think he was surprised that any white folk survived the fight. The indians won, so that pretty much goes without saying.
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Old February 28, 2012, 05:43 PM   #54
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Musta never heard of Little Big Man
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Old February 28, 2012, 05:52 PM   #55
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Amen
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Old February 28, 2012, 06:35 PM   #56
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In the survivor camp Les not forget almost all the Army Scouts, They tell some of the better accounts of Custer's troops during its ill fated advance.


Now know pretty much any officer could purchase and carry a gun of his desire.... and many did

But does anyone know if a trooper or Sargent could????? Of course at 13 - 15 dollars a month that does not leave a lot of room to purchase and feed your own fire arm
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Old February 28, 2012, 07:00 PM   #57
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The British had and still have a class system (more's the pity). In the British army non-commissioned officers and lower ranks were more likely to spend spare cash on strong drink than weapons. Non-coms and squaddies don't get revolvers if they captured any they would probably have to turn it over to their officer. From a discipline point of view the British were and may still be the most harsh.
These days the soldiers in our armies certainly deserve respect. In the Napoleonic period Brits were forced into the army by poverty. They were trained to be more afraid of their sergent than the enemy. If they were not disciplined they would cause the local population much heartache.
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