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Re: Fetterman Massecre

Posted by Larry Gibson on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 9:21 a.m., in response to Re: Fetterman Massecre, posted by jay call on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 8:11 a.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! :)"

Actually they did. Col. Carrington saw to that. In the 4 -5 months prior to the Fetterman Massacre the troops, mostly recruits, received little combat training or weapons training as they were constructing Fort Phil Kearney. During that period many of the horses were killed or stolen by the Indians and 70+ of the soldiers and a few civilians were killed. After the "massacre" Carrington was then short another 80 soldiers so he got "with the training program" so to speak during the winter months, especially training with the new rifles. Of course the Indians also went into "winter camp" during that time. Come summer when the soldiers had to collect hay and firewood they were ready. That is evidenced by the "turn around" of results at the next 2 engagements. It took the Indians by surprise and they did indeed gain a new respect for the "walk a heaps"......

Larry Gibson


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