Pvt. Peter Thompson (MOH) discussion -- C Co. Jan 6, 2009 1:38:33 GMT -5
Post by Gerry on Jan 6, 2009 1:38:33 GMT -5
Pvt. Peter Thompson spoke of this several times. The first time Thompson says, “After the disappearance of Custer and his men, I felt that I was in a terrible predicament to be left practically alone in an enemy’s country, leading a horse practically useless.”
Later Pvt. Thompson said, “I looked back and saw a mounted Indian coming full speed after me. When my thoughts wander back to that incident, I am led to believe that the bold front of an enemy sometimes puts a strong man to flight. Such was the case with me, at any rate, at this time. I am ashamed to say that I did run several hundred feet and then checked myself and began to walk very slow, for I knew I had the advantage of the savage.”
Pvt. Watson and Pvt. Thompson stopped to meet what they thought were Crows, Thompson recalled, “No sooner had I faced them than they stopped, turned their horses across the trail, dismounted, threw their guns across their saddles, and took aim at us. To say that we were astonished would faintly express our feelings. There was nothing left for us to do but run….they fired at us but as usual missed….we came to the conclusion that we were not to be killed by the Indians. But if we were not wounded in our bodies we were in our feelings.”
Thompson also makes a few references to making poor decisions and making mistakes.