Author: Charles Drago

How Poorly Reasoned Government Procurement of Cavalry Long Guns Led to Defeat at Little Bighorn

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Cavalry Long Guns

Of all the disadvantages that contributed to the annihilation of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer’s five-troop battalion at the Battle of the Little Bighorn –among them superior numbers of enemy forces (a 5:1 ratio seems a safe bet), criminal disobedience of direct orders by junior officers in command of support battalions, and terrain so inimical to cavalry maneuvering as to negate every advantage commonly enjoyed by mounted troops in generically similar situations – none was more devastating than the inferiority of the Seventh Cavalry’s government-issued single shot carbines.

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Hiking the Little Bighorn: Fire + Science = Truth

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Last Stand Hill

In the space of less than two hours on the hot, dusty Sunday afternoon of June 25, 1876, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer led five troops of his Seventh U.S. Cavalry – 200-plus souls – to annihilation by Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne warriors on the bluffs overlooking the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana.

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Preserving the Planet: Impassioned Stewardship and Enlightened Interaction

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Earth Day - April 22

April 22 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, the international environmental force with a mission “to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”

The first Earth Day, in 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans of diverse backgrounds. By 1990, after passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other groundbreaking environmental laws, Earth Day had swollen its ranks of supporters to 200 million people in 141 countries.
Today, the Earth Day Network stands as the planet’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people from 195 countries participate in Earth Day activities – the largest civic observance in history.

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Welcome to Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine

Welcome to Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine

Right now I’m expected to tell you how “excited” I am to introduce Outdoor Enthusiast Lifestyle Magazine (OEL), the new, innovative Internet periodical dedicated to exploring – and, where appropriate, editorially opining on – all things of interest to the global community succinctly described in its title.

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