Thursday, June 25, 2015

Garryowen In Glory

This is what the New York Times wrote in the On This Day posting:

"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."

This is a lie. 

The Seventh Cavalry was not wiped out. About 200 troopers with Custer were killed, and 50-60 more with the Reno-Benteen contingent, but the Seventh's strength was about 1250 men (not all of whom were in the field that day). About 80% of the Seventh Cavalry lived. You would think someone at the Times could get a simple fact like this right. Incidentally, they posted those exact words last year. Twits.


3 comments:

Bill Crider said...

You need to send the Times a letter of reprimand.

R.K. Robinson said...

I'm sure you have notified them of their error.

Cap'n Bob said...

I tried to send a letter but it bounced.