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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 6:25 p.m. PST

Was the victory itself disputed?

Dan

charared Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 9:31 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.)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 10:43 p.m. PST

Incredible then that they were able to accomplish what they did.

Dan

charared Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2018 11:07 p.m. PST

Yep.

Look at Benteen and Reno…

Charges back and forth…

Many other examples of post US Civil War "Courts Martial"…

Custer being just one example.

"Conduct Unbecoming…"

Just to be adjudicated in DC.

USN also.

sad, but true.

"Cacique Caribe"…

NOT a "Pretty" time for the USA/USN "professional" Officer Corps.

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