Re: Re: “AWOL, floggings, and shooting deserters”.....
Sun Jul 11, 2021 16:58
Custer won a lot of battles while personally not catching a Rebel bullet.
However a great commander is also evaluated on winning battles while minimizing casualties ( deaths + injuries knocking solders out of action)
Custer had many casualties among his troops, many more than other winning commanders.
Custer’ superiors were very aware of the high number of casualties but Custer was making headlines and he was addicted to public accolades.
The union needed hero’s so Custer was never censored or held accountable.
Custer went into battle wearing bright colors and looking like a peacock. Custer wanted everybody to recognize him on the battlefield He always had his hand picked journalists with him to document his successes.
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