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Re: Fetterman Massecre
Posted by Larry Gibson on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at 10:50 p.m., in response to Re: Hayfield and Wagon Box fights, posted by jay call on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at 9:10 p.m.
Col. Fetterman and his troops, the majority at the battle, were infantry not cavalry. Only a small contingent of cavalry under Lt. Grummand was dispatched by Col. Carrington to support the infantry after they had departed. The cavalry did not lose the battle, Col. Fetterman and the infantry did along with the contingent of cavalry and a civilian or two.......
Also in December, 1866 it was not yet that the "walk a heaps" had gained their reputation. It was the issuance of TD Springfields within a few weeks and the better military tactical and weapons training the infantry received which the cavalry did not. The cavalry spent an inordinate amount of time maintaining their horse. However, the infantry under Col. Fetterman that day were raw recruits, ill trained if at all, with little weapons training. That was the same problem GAC had almost 10 years later against the same enemy.....poorly trained troops of which most had little training and almost no weapons training.
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