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Old September 10th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #1

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General Custer, talented commander, or lucky idiot?


He graduated bottom of his class, but went on to become extremely famous, even before he got himself killed. So, do you think he is a lucky idiot, or a talented commander.
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I put him with General Cardigan, they both appeared to be incredably brave, but in reality they were both just to stupid to realise there lives were in danger.
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Robert E. Lee, or so the story goes, described John Bell Hood as "all of the lion and none of the fox". I would apply the same description to Custer.
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Talented commander is the last description I'd give Custer.

Lucky Idiot would be among the first.
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Old September 10th, 2012, 12:38 PM   #5

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I don't consider myself enough of an expert on Little Bighorn to really comment on Custer's actions there. However, in the Civil War, he generally did well, and played a role in routing Confederate cavalry at Tom's Brook.
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Old September 10th, 2012, 12:39 PM   #6

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A very effective Commander who achieved results. He did make mistakes, Bighorn was a defeat for several reasons, I don't place the blame on Custer, in the way one could blame Fetterman for his hubris in defeat.
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i think he was just lucky also a idiot
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He was no idiot.
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I'm going with "lucky idiot".
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This title sheds some light on Custer's deeper, even intellectual side:

Amazon.com: Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879 (9780811729079): Thomas Goodrich: Books
Amazon.com: Scalp Dance: Indian Warfare on the High Plains, 1865-1879 (9780811729079): Thomas Goodrich: Books


As I said above, no idiot, merely caught up in his own legend.
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