- Aug 3, 2019
Some prefer NA, some prefer "Indian", and many actually prefer the tribal/nation name. As with all things, I'd advise against too broad a brush. As for Custer, I haven't seen any objective military analyst use his actions in June 1876 as a model for recon, command and control.Leigh , I would highly recommend that you read Eric Wittenberg's book "Protecting the Flank at Gettysburg; The Battles for Brinkerhoff Ridge and the East Cavalry Field." It is an excellent account of the action . There still is no solid evidence that Stuart was given orders to attack the Union rear . Eric isn't a big fan of Custer , but his research is first rate . That being said I think Custer's leadership at the battle was outstanding . Perhaps a general shouldn't personally lead his men in a charge , but the charge of the heavily out-numbered 1st Michigan with Custer leading the way is one of those things I would have liked to have witnessed . Ken Burns called it a "reckless charge."That still irritates me after all these years . Of course he also claimed the 20th Maine saved the Union and the battle started over shoes .
It became popular to attack Custer's reputation in the 1960s and 70s. If James N. is reading this he knows how I feel about the awful movie "Little Big Man." He feels the same . I am a fan of Custer during the Civil War , but I don't think he was the same man fighting the Indians . As an aside , in Vine DeLoria's book "Custer Died for Your Sins" , he stated that calling some one an Indian was an insult . Recent studies have shown that currently Native Americans prefer the term "Indian." Things change .