benteeneast Everything which you say is true...... What's gone wrong? sorry, silly silly joke. Everything Thompson stated could be true. I'm going to quote (excerpt), Walt Cross who took a hard look at this stuff and published. The quote pre-dates his book on Peter Thompson.
Oct 12, 2005 - Pvt. Peter Thompson of Co C, 7th Cavalry, participated in the LBH battle, earning the Medal of Honor for his actions in hauling water to Reno’s wounded. In 1912 Thompson read Major Marcus Reno’s articles published posthumously in the “Americana Magazine”. Thompson, living in a homestead about 150 miles from LBH sat down and wrote his own memoirs possibly as a rebuttal to Reno.
While marching with the rest of Custer’s battalion Thompson’s horse gave out on him, and after milling around for awhile on the Cedar Coulee trail he made his way down the bluffs to the river just across from the Indian Village. There he ran into Private James Watson also of Co C, where his story takes a strange twist,.....
Although possibly not written until 1913, it is a first hand, primary source, account. What is your opinion of it?
Peter Thompson corroborates the rapid parallel advance by Custer and Reno's columns. The sighting of the Grey horse troop, Company E, riding over the ridge a little north of Weir's Peak and being there as Reno's command dismounted in the valley. Five minutes later, Custer's companies had reached Medicine Tail Coulee and trumpeter Martini was riding back to find Benteen when he heard firing on Reno's skirmish or gunfife from Custer's column. Since Martin saw Custer's command mounted and moving it was gunfire from the valley which Martini heard.
Matters of credibility litter historical (prior) study of this battle and hence wonder and discussion of Thompson. On his ride to meet Benteen, Trumpeter Martin either saw Reno's fight in the valley or he did not. Benteen did not mention that Martin had seen Reno fighting in the valley. Instead he (Benteen) gave the skedaddle riddle of an enigma. So, who to believe and is it not strange that Benteen's own trumpeter told his company commander nothing about what was going on ahead and that Benteen didn't ask him. This was his trumpeter and the guy at his side like a shadow - 24/7.
This battle is a riddle of tarts. Now, before Martini saw Reno fighting in the valley, he saw Custer's command heading north (west, east, any cardinal point of the compass you wish really) towards the battlefield where they were found dead. While Reno was fighting in the valley and at least 20 minutes before Benteen saw Reno leaving Little Bighorn valley; Custer's command had advanced beyond Medicine Tail Coulee. The interesting aspect then is, where was Peter Thompson during those 20 minutes.
This can be taken into jigsaw puzzle by considering Walter Camp's interviews on the ground with Curley and the information gathered by Edward S. Curtis which were gathered during the same period. There are similarities to both mens understanding of the battle. Curtis was involved until 1908 and Camp until 1925. Curtis was unaware of the Luce and Blummer ridge evidence of a cavalry presence there. Camp was aware of it, as was Marquis.
Camp found Curley to be imprecise in relating terrain location. That's fair enough really and Curley was able to identify general locations such that evidence of activity could be found. He knew where the Lone tipi was for example. Here's one of Camp's maps which shows where Custer viewed the valley from, according to Curley.
Most people on the board are long past conclusions about this stuff but they are long past it. When Camp became aware of Thompson's account of the battle, he assumed that Thompson went to the fords near 'G' on this map. It took a while to straighten that out.
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If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.
A recently published battle theory is admirably presented by Battle Stack (Hoorah) and obtaining considerable comment. 2 weeks ago john brennan stated that 'Chief Wooly' told him that the men died proudly... Except for Custer who was spotted dancing the tango right before he was killed.