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Re: Fetterman Massecre
Posted by jay call on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 8:11 a.m., in response to Re: Fetterman Massecre, posted by Larry Gibson on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, at 10:50 p.m.
Larry, the "Wagon Box Fight" was some 8 months after the Fetterman Massacre, in that 8 months the infantry at Fort Phil Kearney must have become seasoned veterans and received training similar to Delta Force, because at the "Wagon Box Fight" they turned in a performance that would have made the veterans of Rorks Drift proud! :) At Rorks Drift it was the Martini Henry rifle and very brave British soldiers facing great odds, same as "Wagon Box" brave U.S. soldiers and civilians armed with long barreled breech loaders, and luckily both had a very large supply of ammo on hand! Both famous fights occured some 11 years apart, but similar in many ways. The Zulu gained a new respect of British soldiers and the Native, Lakota, Cheyenne, a new respect for U.S."Walk A Heaps".
It is of note that Crook had both Infantry and Cav. and a large contingent of Shoshone, Custer just Cavalry, and some scouts, bad planning on Gen. Terry's part, IMHO. (And giving the infantry at Fort Fetterman muzzle loaders,,,, criminal).
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