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Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

Created: 08/22/18

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davinamw

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Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

When Custer was the leader of the Michigan Brigade during the Civil War, one in four of his soldiers were killed in battle, yet soldiers petitioned to be under his command. Why do you think that was? Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?


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Gloria

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

Custer was such a larger than life character, and his strong belief in his own invincibility apparently extended to his men. I guess if you are going into battle, that's the kind of man you want leading the charge. I think soldiers today probably feel the same way.


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christineb

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

I'm sure, just as it is today, it is usually wise to follow the bravest and strongest. I think it would be "a feather in your cap" so to speak to have served under such a well known and intrepid general.


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peggyt

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

Custer always felt he could not fail and so he projected an aura of success and people are always drawn to that. Now as well as then.


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bonnieb

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

I think that soldiers saw Custer as invincible. His legend preceded him. Soldiers believed that his courage and invincibility would rub off on them.


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kimk

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

I think the soldiers saw him as someone who was a winner, and could be ruthless to gain the victory. I'm not sure it's just soldiers who feel that way; I think sports people do, as do business people - everyone wants to be on a winning team!


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ritai

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

Custer was a confident leader that portrayed himself as a winner at all costs. In addition, he was a well known successful leader in the Civil War. Of course men would want to be under the command of someone like that.


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vivianh

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RE: Why do you think soldiers petitioned to be under Custer's command. Do you think soldiers today feel similarly about their commanders?

Soldiers follow a leader that inspires them, a leader that ‘gets’ them, a leader who professes to support them. Yes, today soldiers will follow a leader who has their backs, who will put his or her own lives on the lines, who will not abandon them.


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