Lt. Charles (Carlo) De Rudio - A Co. Mar 18, 2016 8:01:18 GMT -5
Post by Gerry on Mar 18, 2016 8:01:18 GMT -5
“I started for the guidon. Just as my hand grasped it, my [horse’s] head appeared above the bank. I heard a yell, and there, not a stone’s throw away, was my old flanking party of Indians. Abandoning the idea of saving the guidon, I gave my horse a kick and sent him plunging through the underbrush in one direction, while I dived out of sight in another. As soon as the Indians reached the top of the bank, they blazed away at the point where my horse was creating so much commotion…"
So that goodbye to his ride through dense timber, the entangling of the guidon in some branches, the incredible halt in his rout to dismount and retrieve it, the point-blank volley which only hit his horse, etc, etc.
P.S.: I'm sure Gerry will be pleased with DeRudio's admission that he left a company guidon planted in the outskirts of the Hunkpapa village!
While DeRudio's admission tweaks my interest, I do believe there is another untold story.
It is interesting that in every other account giving by DeRudio, including under oath, he grabbed the guidon and lost it in the thick woods. The above account is the only one stating that he left the guidon where it was planted. I have not read the Christmas 1887 account other than what you have posted. Maybe you could post it up in entirety.
There is little doubt in my mind, that the guidon is Company A's and was planted there under direction by DeRudio upon Reno's dismount and order to form skirmishers. With that said, it does not meet the scrutiny to which I have been trying to identify. Even though it was present at the start of the valley fight and now possibly left standing after Reno left the valley.
Someday I may post up my additional thoughts on the untold story.