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Posted by Al Hearn on Saturday, 26 June 2010, at 10:36 a.m., in response to Re: Anniversary, posted by Fred on Saturday, 26 June 2010, at 9:24 a.m.
Yeah, if the 7th Cav had had Winchesters (like many of the Indians did) or brass-cased ammo instead of soft copper, it probably would have had the same outcome because of the overwhelming one-sided numbers, but it might have lasted a little longer.
I'm currently reading a new book "The Last Stand" by N. Philbrick. As with all such articles or books, he claims to have "new" information. We'll see. The Springfield TD is discussed in a number of places in the book.
There's a claim that there was a Springfield Trapdoor infantry rifle used by one soldier. Now, let's find that one. I have never seen any mention of the Indians using Springfields, although they must have. The famous picture of the surrender of Geronimo some years later shows him holding a TD rifle and one of his group holding a TD carbine (the other two Indians in the group are holding 1873 Winchesters).
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