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|Cacique Caribe ||01 May 2018 5:25 p.m. PST|
Was the victory itself disputed?
|charared ||01 May 2018 8:31 p.m. PST|
Lotsa of in-fighting and Courts Martial for post ACW to WW1 USA & USN Officers at a time when very often the only way up the "chain of command" was to be "connected" politically or to "blemish" (screw) your immediate competition.
In a "small" force (by European standards), it truly was promotion by glacially slow steps.
Strange, many of these older men had known each other (or OF each other) for decades.
NOT a proud time for US serving officers of the time.
(See the jealousy and bitterness as late as 1916/17 of J.J Pershing's promotion to Command.)
|Cacique Caribe ||01 May 2018 9:43 p.m. PST|
Incredible then that they were able to accomplish what they did.
|charared ||01 May 2018 10:07 p.m. PST|
Look at Benteen and Reno…
Charges back and forth…
Many other examples of post US Civil War "Courts Martial"…
Custer being just one example.
Just to be adjudicated in DC.
sad, but true.
NOT a "Pretty" time for the USA/USN "professional" Officer Corps.