Was Custer Outgunned at Little Bighorn?

The Battle of Little Bighorn happened 133 years ago today. George Custer and his men were certainly outnumbered, but their defeat may have also been assured by the Lakota and Cheyenne warriors' superior weaponry.
If the Indians were, in fact, better armed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Custer may have contributed to the situation by declining to include Gatling guns in his van. Because he was setting off on what amounted to a search-and-destroy mission, he argued that the Gatlings were too cumbersome and would only slow him down.

At the point where he was surrounded and outnumbered by a ratio as high as 9-to-1, he probably regretted making that choice. In such a dire situation, the Gatling gun would have considerably reduced the enemy’s numerical advantage and may have even proven decisive in turning the tide.

The Lakota and Cheyenne warriors did join the battle with a number of Henry and Spencer repeating rifles, which provided a higher rate of fire than the single-shot Springfield Model 1873 carbines carried by the cavalry troopers.

In the end, several factors led to the deaths of the 197 men under Custer, each stemming from his underestimation of his adversaries. Link

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Oh, I see. Custer got what was coming to him? Then so collectively did the honorless, misogynist, child-torturing Mongol land-bridge savages who used to occupy the land you're all likely sitting on. You guys believe everything Hollywood or our self-perceived 'rebel' ex-hippie teachers "teach" us, and then just as perplexingly believe yourselves to be courageously going against some establishment social grain in doing so. Pathetic!

The cavalry were damn tough sons of Europe, their ancestors' genes hardened in the bitter European ice age. The battlefield fury of the blue-eyed race has sparked legends around the planet and enabled human footsteps on the moon. Its millennia of victories portend the rogue Phoenix to ascend when the materialist yokes of capitalism, socialism and -above all- Zionism are cast off in the rapidly approaching collapse. You'll be thankful this race of warriors also spawned concepts like rules of warfare and compassion for the conquered.

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emmiline...regarding Custer's height...he stood 5 foot 8 inches...US calvary troopers average height back then was 5 ft 6. This was because larger men would tire out the horses more quickly.

Regarding his white buckskin uniform at the museum, I've been there too and have a picture of it. Keep in mind that the pants are actually breeches and were made to end just below the kneee so the leg could fit in the high calvary boots better. It's understandable though that those without riding experience might not know that and therefore judge Cistter's height as smaler than he actually was.
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Custer was right about the gatling guns...I've been to the battlefield and am familiar with the land he traversed and I find it very difficult to believe that the gatlings guns, large enough to be considered small artillery, pulled by condemmed calvary horses, as was the practice then, could have traversed the land and kept up wit Custer's pace.

However, CUster did act with haste because he desperately needed a batltlefield victory to save his career after being demoted from the commander of the summer campaign of 1876 to just the calvary commander (as a result of Custer implicating Fred Grant, President Grant's brother, as a corrupt Indian Agent).

Sitting Bull was right in his assessment of Custer when asked why Custer lost the battle: "Custer was a fool and rode to his death." Truer words were never spoken...but whatever might be said about Custer that is true one can't deny that he died for his sins with his boots on...
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There seems to be an argument about whether Custer was shot in the chest during an attempt to cross the river of Little Bighorn or if he died heroically at the top of the valley. Historians like to portray the latter side of this argument. To die in such an unexpected way before the battle started does not seem very heroic. However, throughout the written History of America, Custer has become a hero, so had to die appropriately; anything else would have been unacceptable.
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