Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Little Big Horn Anniversary

"On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana."


The above statement was culled from the New York Times. It is false.

Custer and his command of about 200 men of the 7th Cavalry died in that battle, as did another 60 or so with the Reno-Benteen forces, but "his 7th Cavalry" were not wiped out by a long shot. The 7th consisted of around 1250 officers and men at full strength. I know the NYT's reputation has taken a lot of hits lately, and ignorant statements like the above do nothing to improve its status.


5 comments:

Randy Johnson said...

Some sources make Custer an out-and-out hero, others paint him an egomaniac. What is the truth?

Evan Lewis said...

I'd say he was a little of both. Happy Anniversary, George!

Cap'n Bob said...

Evan's right, in my opinion. But maybe he was a lot of both instead of a little.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love that painting.

Quentin said...

This is great!