Poll: Who Went to Medicine Tail Ford? Feb 26, 2010 8:29:11 GMT -5
Post by fred on Feb 26, 2010 8:29:11 GMT -5
It depends on which version of the Martini saga you believe. As the years wore on, Martini seems to have gotten closer and closer to the action. In sworn testimony at the RCOI, Martini received the note at the "head of a coulee" and by some measuring with a map and ruler based on his distance estimates, that "head of a coulee" was the head of Cedar Coulee.
The next time we hear from Trumpeter Martini, he has received the note part of the way down Cedar Coulee, and then, at the very end of his life, he claimed to have been within sighting distance of the village. Whether Martini said MTC or that was what it was interpreted as, I do not recall.
Could Custer have seen the Company's dust trail as it moved down Valley 3?
I get the idea that Custer might not have been in as much of a hurry to get Benteen to support him as he was to secure the packs and get B to hurry them (as much as mules can hurry) toward Custers command?
My impression of that order was that Custer was less interested in getting the packs and the ammo-- remember, when he sent the note, his command had not yet fired a single shot-- than he was in getting the additional men. At this point, I believe Custer had formulated his plan and he was intent on getting below the Indians and charging through them, forcing them toward Reno.
I think Custer felt that both Reno and Benteen as well as himself could operate independently.
I agree totally.