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Re: Fetterman Massecre
Posted by Larry Gibson on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 9:30 a.m., in response to Re: Fetterman Massecre, posted by Larry Gibson on Thursday, 27 April 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Also let's remember these were the same soldiers at "Wagon Box" that had seen the results of the previous years Indian attacks, especially the result of the Fetterman Massacre. These were the same soldiers that had to retrieve and bury the remains of Fetterman's troops. They were, no doubt "shaking in their boots". They had a lot of incentive to train hard and learn. The Wagon Box and Hayfield fights demonstrated what "brave soldiers" with confidence in themselves and their weapons can do. It is the training that really made the difference there.
Note at the LBH the soldiers had the weapons but not the training.....that made a difference there. By the time of the Wagon Box fight the boys were indeed well trained soldiers confident in themselves and their rifles and it showed.....very much to the chagrin of the Indians.........
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