Col. Gibbon, in charge of keeping Montana peaceful, is having a flareup of hostile Indian activity in western Montana due to the Northern Nation Sioux raiding west, and their war with the U.S.-friendly Crow Nation.
He writes his superiors in St. Paul, dated 23 July 1875:
"If Custer is out and could manage to capture the home camp of Sitting Bull's band and ship their families down the river it would do more to bring these rascals to terms than anything but a sound thrashing."
Setting things up for the '76 campaign?
Was Sitting Bull the "Bin Laden" of 1875?
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No matter how good you are, you have to get there first...
An excerpt from Charles Varnum's unfinished narrative, I, Varnum, with my annotations in brackets:
John Smith, a sutler, had a herd of mules on the plains below the fort [ie. Fort Abraham Lincoln] and sometime in the spring of 1874, General Custer saw it rapidly hurrying to the hills and being driven by only two or three men. Suspecting Indians, he sounded 'To Horse' and everyone ran for the stables. The six troops [stationed at Fort A. Lincoln] were soon mounted. He selected four [of the] best mounts from each troop and ordered me to command them and follow him, taking as fast a gait as I thought I could keep up for a long ride. In about five miles we made them drop the herd and we skirmished with a few Indians and seriously wounded one who subsequently died in [the] hospital at the Indian Agency at Standing Rock. We had the entire six troops on this trip as a support against any trap we might be drawn into, but my twenty-four men were the only ones who came in contact with the Indians.
"The more I see of movement here (Little Big Horn Battlefield), the more I have admiration for Custer, and I am satisfied his like will not be found very soon again.”
~ Gen. Nelson Miles, Commanding General of the Army ------
"With our cherished ones deliverance within our grasp we waited breathless for the order that never came."
Captain Thomas B. Weir, Jul. 1876.
General of the Army (Medicine Man/Chief))
There were actions at the Fort which was attacked a number of times. It was sited on a popular Sioux camping ground.
I was trawling for a source book by a participant which I stumbled across some years back but, this will do - The First Scout.
Fort A Lincoln - On another occasion, when the Sioux attacked the fort, the raid was so sudden and sharp that the soldiers did not wait for the command of the officer to form ranks, but at the first sound of the long roll, ran singly and in squads, to the west wall of the fort, scaled the stockade and began fighting, Indian style, each man for himself. In this way several companies were outside the fort, before the gates were opened, or the officers had reached the company quarters. They did most effective fighting, and repulsed the Indians without having had a word of command from their officers. For this breach of military discipline, as soon as the Indians were gone, the derelict companies were marched to the top of a hill back of the cemetery and compelled to stand in ranks under the hot, broiling sun, during the remainder of the day. The commanding officer claiming that in the enemies country, the utmost obedience to army regulations was necessary, and that these men in rushing off as they did in a disorderly way had left the fort unprotected, and while they were all fighting outside the west wall, the east and front gates were left open to the entrance of the enemy had they made an attack on those sides of the fort.
To the memory of my father and mother , and other pioneers of the "Old West** May these 'pages bring back the days of long ago that their grandchildren may know with what courage and vision those intrepid pioneers builded well the foun- dation of this great state.
Copyright 1937 by JESSAMINE SLAUGHTER BURGUM
Found it, at Archive.org ot the first 150 pages at least. Linked page has four links across the bottom, which go to sections of the book. Those with straight-jacket tendencies can go straight to the battle stuff which sort of starts (commences at P135 and... it's good.
Pages 51-128 missing from record...... hmmmm. link
Crow King was the cavalry general of the Sioux at the Custer massacre. With his cavalry he rode right through Custer's massed command, wheeled and instantly rode back again - pumping bullets into the soldiers all the while. It was soon over.
We the Jury, M.H. Kellogg, Foreman.
His diary was returned to Bismarck from LBH and some time later, pages relating the 11th to 20th June were lent and out but not returned.
'He had written of the preparations for marching and had his notes ready to be sent by the first departing courier or scout. He was personally known by many of the Indians as the "man who makes the paper talk." His leather valise with his last notes was found on the battlefield and was sent to Dr. Dunn at Bismarck at whose home he had taken dinner the day before the march began at Fort Lincoln.
His notes were written with a pencil and were brief and these dispatches as they were called then, were sent back by the first departing courier to Bismarck, usually some of the Indian scouts who stealthily found his way back with his messages to and from the columns.
The notes recovered were of the Little Big Horn Expedition from (Sunday), May 17th to June 19th, and according to Mrs. Dunn there were nine days of diaries loaned to someone and were lost. That is the period of Maj. Reno's scout and return to the mouth of the Rosebud on the Yellowstone.
Please don't tell me that Kellogg accompanied the scout with Reno.