Re: Please Remember
Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2003 1:06 am
You will find the Buffalo Soldiers a prominent part of the history of the U. S. Cavalry both from an official as well as unofficial point of view. I have no idea what you are referring to in that regard and I doubt that you do either. You will not find any official reference or any other verified reference to support the smallpox blanket theory for the simple reason that it never happened. It is unfortunate that a recorded staff meeting during the French and Indian Wars contained a speculative reference to the possible use of this tactic against the indians, which was later dismissed along with another suggestion involving the use of trained packs of dogs. In any case, by the time the U.S. Cavalry came on the scene in the old west all the disease damage that could be done was pretty much over with. I would also hasten to add that no matter how much you might believe in a thing that does not necessarily make it so. Sorry to have to mention that last one and, yes, it does cut both ways.