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POLL: George Armstrong Custer


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John Leahy writes:

Correct about the plan Custer used. It had been successful in the past. This was also the first and last time that the Indians acted tactically the way they did at the LBH.

Custer was forced to make his plan of attack due to his belief based on the information given to him that the Indians had seen his command and were going to escape. His troops were very worn out. He planned on attacking early the next morning However, Custer knew where the blame would fall if these Indians escaped.

I do not believe he felt he had any choice. Plus he had all 12 Companies of the 7th in hand. He felt they could handle anything. He was proven somewhat correct. Five Companies of the 7th successfully held off all those Indians. In fact one Company held off a large portion of the Indians who had wiped out Custer's command on their retreat from Weir Point. They lost exactly 1 man during that fighting withdrawal.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Superior general with one bad day
9
4%
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lucky general whose luck ran out
42
21%
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Impetuous glory-seeker
73
36%
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no opinion
8
4%
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other (explain)
2
1%
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good ACW general, out of his element against Indians
23
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started to believe his own legend
32
16%
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good with citizen-soldiers, bad with professionals
2
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Not great but a good general
13
6%
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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP muses:

George Armstrong C. has received conflicting judgments from history and (currently reading a book on him) I am curious to how the readership sees him. I would imagine this to encompass his entire career from boy-general in the ACW to Little Big Horn.

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.