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  • 17thfabn
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    Waterloo : The history of four days, three armies, and three battles b Bernard Cornwell

    Cornwell is of course best known for his historical fiction books. His Non fiction coverage of Waterloo is very readable.

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  • bill shack
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    I should have said that i doubt if any soldier under his (custer ) command deserted. yes lots of northern and southern troops deserted .

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  • bill shack
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    Pruitt, i disagree , custer was so well like in the civil war , he wore a red tie around his neck and very soon all of the troops under him wore one too. Other units when custer rode by would salute and let him go ahead. I really doubt if any trooper deserted during the civil war , he brought his men up to a very high standard and they responded accordingly .
    if fact Major albert Barbitz thought that during the civil war custer was the best cavalry general the north had ( he served under him 2nd ohio ) but after the war he called him obnoxious and thoroughly disgusted . .

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  • Pruitt
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    Bill, Custer led Michigan Volunteer Cavalry. I think he had as much trouble keeping them around as he did with the Professionals after the war. When a pair of men deserted in Kansas he sent a detachment after them to bring them back dead or alive. The Colorado Gold fields were not far away.

    How else could an unemployed civilian get food, arms, clothed, pay and transport to where the pickings were better?

    Lots of guys deserted in the ACW.

    Pruitt

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  • Pruitt
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    In Kansas, their affectionate name for him was "Old [email protected]". He also deserted his command on the Prairie and ruined a horse riding ahead because he thought Libbie was waiting for him at the post. There were a set of rules for Custer and a set of rules for everyone else.

    Pruitt

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  • bill shack
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    Mountain man yes i have come to a conclusion. in the civil war all of his men were volunteers fighting to save the country. willing to do anything , if ordered in to battle where their chances were very slim so be it.
    But after the war the union army fell in to a malaise where all they wanted to do was the bare minimum , just hang around the post and drink. custer did not like this one little bit and being a disciplinarian he ordered his men to be much more disciplined . the men did not respond to this and fought against him. if he said do this they did that . he got no co-operation from his men , bordering on court marshall but alway just shy of it.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Originally posted by bill shack View Post
    I am reading Custer victorious by g j w urwin. i was always intrigued by the difference between the way custer is portrayed at the battle of little big horn and the report that he was one of the finest cavalry officers in the civil war.
    Have you come to any conclusions?

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  • Mountain Man
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    I'm re-reading The Architecture of War.

    https://www.amazon.com/Architecture-.../dp/0394709977

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  • bill shack
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    I am reading Custer victorious by g j w urwin. i was always intrigued by the difference between the way custer is portrayed at the battle of little big horn and the report that he was one of the finest cavalry officers in the civil war.

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  • Pruitt
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    "Much Ado about Lewrie", by Dewey Lambdin. I put off getting this until December 25. The reviews were not that good. I am past halfway in the book now. I like Lambdin, but chasing Dognappers in London is not everyone's cup of tea? Hopefully he gets a new ship by the end of the book!

    Pruitt

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  • R.N. Armstrong
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    Originally posted by Tsar View Post
    The Fox by Frederick Forsyth
    I really don't think the man is capable of turning out a bad book.
    Read the book, could not put it down. Reminded me of Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal hunt story line.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Civil War book by a member of the Union Staff.

    I Rode With Stonewall

    https://www.amazon.com/Rode-Stonewal.../dp/1469609924
    Last edited by Mountain Man; 25 Jan 20, 10:32.

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  • SRV Ron
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    Currently writing a story based upon the video game Unreal. It is about 24 Lifers and a stowaway in a future society as they try to survive the crash of their prison ship on a hostile uncharted planet near the Polaris System. Currently only 14 are left as they try to find a way off of the hostile planet that is infested with an invading alien race.

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  • Tsar
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    The Fox by Frederick Forsyth
    I really don't think the man is capable of turning out a bad book.

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  • Pruitt
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    I am starting Patrick O'Brian's The Letter of Marque. I have read it many times before.

    Pruitt

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