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« on: December 09, 2006, 06:31:47 PM »

I never understood why when chased by Indians, Frontier Wagons would form a circle to be able to protect themselves against attack... Wouldn't it have made more sense to form a square so the Indians would fall off their horses when they rounded the corners??? Just my 21st century TV mentality thinking aloud.  rolleyes
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006, 08:07:53 PM »

You watched "Wagons East" didn't you?

I would think it would take too long to square up the wagons as the angry injuns was riding down upon the trespassers. To circle the wagons all it takes is for the first wagon to turn and the others follow with out stopping until the first wagon caught up to the last wagon. Then you slam on the brakes and have a major pile up.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2006, 08:29:26 PM »

Nope Jerry, never saw that - probably something stuck in my head from skipping channels during commercials though. I guess if you had the time it would work okay, but them sneaky Ingines and their stealth horses...
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2006, 08:36:31 PM »

.... them sneaky Ingines and their stealth horses...

They would have to get the wagons circled and stopped. Then fortify their makeshift bunker with more stuff they would have to pull from the wagons.

Now out here on the plains, where one could see them coming 20 miles away, there might be time to be square.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2006, 11:16:30 AM »

i don't know, but i think "square the wagons" would end up being an awkward saying....... tongue
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2006, 08:17:47 PM »

In a panic the extra manuvers necessary to "square the wagons" would not be do-able.  It would also take a lot of extra time--time during an attack can mean life or death.  Circling the wagons was quick and easy and still provided a good fortress from which to defend oneself.
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2006, 01:33:50 AM »

Very interesting point. I know at the same time, the british were using the "form a square method of defense in Africa and India etc. I would imagine forming a circle was easier due to the construction of the wagons.
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