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Junker

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Custer: My Life on the Plains
« on: July 29, 2008, 04:20:47 pm »

Custer, George Armstrong, 1839-1876:
My Life on the Plains: Or, Personal Experiences with Indians

Reviews Written by Roger Roots

No one can read My Life on the Plains without coming away with
a changed view of Custer as a military leader and an important historical
figure. I often tell people that Custer was a great writer and direct
people to read this book. I am occasionally met with laughter and
suspicion--except by those who take my advice and read it. ...

HTML edition
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 03:21:19 pm »

An artist created a painting called "Custer's Last Words."  In the painting was a big turd with a halo above it, and a bunch of native americans having an orgy.

What were Custer's last words?
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008, 03:25:27 pm »

An artist created a painting called "Custer's Last Words."  In the painting was a big turd with a halo above it, and a bunch of native americans having an orgy.

What were Custer's last words?

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/custer/custers-last-words.htm
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008, 03:33:29 pm »

An artist created a painting called "Custer's Last Words."  In the painting was a big turd with a halo above it, and a bunch of native americans having an orgy.

What were Custer's last words?

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/union-generals/custer/custers-last-words.htm


BAH!  Misinformation!  His last words were:

"Holy Shit!  Look at all those fucking Indians!"
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"It is the conservative laissez- fairist, the man who puts all the guns and all the decision-making power into the hands of the central government and then says, 'Limit yourself'; it is he who is truly the impractical utopian."  Murray Rothbard

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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008, 04:46:59 pm »

You might well be right and I haven't read the book. But isn't it possible that it is a tad self serving?

I'll read it.

I always had a poor impression of Custer.  If I remember right he abandoned some soldiers to die during the washita fight.

I have walked the Little Bighorn and I wasn't to impressed with his tactical ability.


My interest is in a view of the times rather than Custer's reputation. In any case, the HTML lets one not regret paying too much.
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2008, 02:05:08 pm »


What were Custer's last words?

ARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY GOT ME IN THE BA**S !!!   ^_^
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2008, 09:51:26 pm »


Neat links   Thanks Junker

I bookmarked the Custer thing. Don't know when I'll get time to read it.
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2008, 10:07:22 pm »

I'm about in the same boat, Gooch. I've got 7 or so paper books to
read and untold electronic books. Custer is not high on my list of authors,
but given Roots's review, it might be that Custer was perceptive and
wrote some worthwhile descriptions of that era. So, on the list it goes.
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Re: Custer: My Life on the Plains
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2008, 01:41:41 am »

Custer was a major narcissist. He married his wife to promote his career. Ok, so did others back then, as they do now. There is also speculation that he had political aspirations.

He was a very successful leader during the Civil War. He didn't get his command out here in the west for nothing.

Historians are still arguing how he could be so incredibly stupid when it came to the campaign against the Sioux. It's easy to blame his ego. But from what I've read, that's it. He made the same mistake that Capt Fetterman made years earlier, underestimating the enemy. After all, they were just barbarians and one soldier with a rifle was worth 10 savages. Wrong. It's a socialogical issue as well as miltary. Plus, the Indians also had some rifles.

Custer's biggest mistake was underestimating the numbers and not listening to his scouts who told him there were a shitload of Indians out there. He didn't care. He was Yellow Hair, the Son of the Morning Star and invincible. This was going to make his career.

Bottom line: Custer fucked up and paid the price. He should have read Sun Tzu.

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