Just some thoughts:
In 1862 the Civil War was well underway. At that time George Custer was a ranking officer in the Union Army of some reputation.
At the end of one campaign he had been involved in he took two weeks off from the war. He wanted to attend a wedding.
The wedding was going to be held in Tidewater, Virginia and it was of a fellow West Point person that he had attended West Point with. Gimlet Lea was getting married and at this time Lea was also an officer. Only he was an officer in the Confederate Army, Custer remember was serving in the Union Army.
Custer took two week off and attended the wedding. There were parties, and balls, and dances and there was singing of such Southern songs around the piano as “For Southern Rights Hurrah” and of course that old favorite “Dixie.”
The innocence and romanticism of the events certainly would be appealing. Hey pretty girls and parties can be very appealing to a single twenty-two year old, which George Custer was at the time.
Don’t think CNN, MSNBC or Fox News would give a favorable billing today to such a decision.
You know sometimes one (especially youth) can make decisions that later can prove not to be in one’s best interest. Custer an officer on the staff of the Union Army, General George McClelland the time, I think might have made such a decision.
Possibly it would have been better for Custer to send a gift and saying:
“Sorry my schedule at this time does not permit me to attend. Congratulations and best wishes to the groom and the bride.”
But you know parties, music, dancing and girls have influenced many a young guy to do things and make decisions that often were not in their best interest.
That could still be true even today. Right?
June 6, 2018
Posted April 11, 2019