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  • Wild West's Greatest Commanders

    Who makes the cut?

    Here are some candidates (excluding the American Civil War):

    Cochise
    Geronimo
    Sam Houston
    Sitting Bull
    Santa Anna (pre-1836)


    Few commanded large organized forces for long, but many were effective in their own theater - which is, after all, the basis on which commanders should be judged.

    Any thoughts?
    "There are only two professions in the world in which the amateur excels the professional. One, military strategy, and, two, prostitution."
    -- Maj. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    (Avatar: Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, Republic of Texas Navy)

  • #2
    Chief Joseph has a big reputation for military strategy among the western tribes.

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    • #3
      George Crook.

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      • #4
        You can pick the order of who's who which i don't do. These are but a few.

        Thanks.


        1. Crook
        2. Carr
        3. Merritt
        4. Miles
        5. Mackenzie
        6. Cochise
        7. Washashakie
        8. Red cloud
        9. CrazyHorse
        10. Geronimo
        11. Houston

        ps. whoops and most of the more famous Texas and Arizona Ranger leaders.

        and here's a site you might enjoy.

        http://www.texasranger.org/ReCenter/Captains.pdf

        Thanks
        Last edited by Thunder Dome; 04 Mar 10, 16:45.

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        • #5
          Ah yes. I forgot about Miles. Almost synonymous with Crook, as in Crook & Miles.

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          • #6
            Not sure the dates we are playing with here, but you can't over look:

            Winfield Scott

            Zachary Taylor
            Taylor to Santa Anna: "Tell him to go to hell."
            As translated by Major Bliss: "In reply to your note of this date, summoning me to surrender my forces at discretion, I beg leave to say that I decline acceding to your request."

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            • #7
              The greatest western commander, that's easy, Brigham Young.
              Lance W.

              Peace through superior firepower.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                The greatest western commander, that's easy, Brigham Young.
                Come on Lance. You know its John Wayne.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Phil Kost View Post
                  Not sure the dates we are playing with here, but you can't over look:

                  Winfield Scott

                  Zachary Taylor
                  Nor Gen "Mad" Anthony Wayne.

                  The real WILD west was east of the Mississippi.

                  Tecumseh, perhaps the greaest Indian leader of all.
                  "Ask not what your country can do for you"

                  Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

                  you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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                  • #10
                    Philip Sheridan was a brutal warrior against the Indians but he accomplished his mission in getting most of them onto reservations and was rewarded for so doing by being made commanding General of the Army from 1884 through 1888.
                    Homo homini lupus

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