I do not think Korn met Reno on valley skirmish line but the packs moving up the hill to Reno.
Korn did pass through Reno's skirmish line area but it was abandoned at that time. Korn joined Reno on the hill. The few accounts describing Korn's ride do only say that he rode and joined Reno's command.
Henry P. Jones Co I, assigned to the packtrain and a friend of Korn, wrote to Walter Camp. "When the packs were ascending the "Hill" we saw Korn coming towards us very much excited his horse foaming at the Mouth. Sergt. Delacy who was in charge of I Troop packs asked him how it was he left the Troops, he said his horse ran away with him."
James M. Rooney Co F, assigned to the packtrain. In a Walter Camp interview, "Says Korn's story true, Says Korn came up after he (Rooney) got up with Luther." (Hare?)
William G. Hardy Co A, Water Camp notes, "Hardy heard Yankee Korn's story Korn claimed to have rode thro village, past skirmish ground & up the bluffs. Korn told this to Hardy at the time."
The way I see Korn's arrival at Reno. Lt Luther R. Hare Co K with Indian Scouts, retired to the bluffs, Reno sent Hare to bring up the packs, Hare meets lead of packs, Co G packs move up to Hare, Co I packs trailing, Gustave Korn arrives Co I, packs ascend the hill to Reno.
On Korn's departure at Ford B. Major Reno personally reaching the top of the Hill ten minutes earlier. Reno's command would still be crossing the river and fighting on the retreat path. Korn begins his ride. The village still relatively quiet. Most warriors are pulled over to the base of Reno Hill crossing, word is passed that the army is crossing down stream. Korn rode though the village, past the skirmish ground and up the bluff, meets the Co I packs ascending the hill.
Gerry, Am I remembering correctly: Isn't Trooper Korn, Gustav? The same trooper that took care of Commanchee afterwards? If so I hope he got to keep his horse from BLBH in the stall next to Comanchee cause he had a heck of a horse.
Yes, Gustav Korn cared for Comanche.
Korn's horse did not fair so well. Korn said, "in my front the Indians opened fire from the tall grass where they had been concealed. I was not wounded, but a rifle ball struck my horse's neck and rendered him unmanageable. I was carried away toward Maj. Reno's position, and to that accident I am indebted for my life."
In an unnamed author telegram to the Chicgo Daily Inter Ocean after they had announced the death of Korn, wrote, "he ran into Reno's outfit on the other side, the horse falling dead as Korn pulled up and dismounted."
Michael Caddle Co I, wrote, "His horse dropped dead just when about two rods from the breast-works. He was shot five times. ... The horse that Korn had killed was the first horse that was issued to me when I came to N.D. in 1873. I traded with Korn before starting out on the trip, for another horse."
Gustav Korn was killed at the Wounded Knee massacre on December 29, 1890.
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Here's a bit more 'Camp talk' on Gustav Korn - Sergt McDonald on recruiting service at 100 Van Buren St. told me on March 10, 1911 that Korn often told of his experiences at Little Bighorn. His story of the affair was to the effect that he was one of the advance guard out ahead of Custer and the 5 companies He heard firing in his (Korn's) rear and then his horse became uncontrollable and carried him across the river into the Indian camp, where he was fired at by a large number of Indians and his horse was struck. He continued until he met D troop, Lieut Gibson being with it. The Indians now came up and attacked D troop and the soldiers had to fall back. In doing so two of the soldiers were wounded, but carried back to where the stand was made. Of course he is wrong about Lieut. Gibson being with D troop and also about two men being wounded out on the advance.
Gustave Korn's military records state that he was born in Sprottau, Silesia, in the German state of Prussia. He immigrated to the United States and joined the U.S. Army on May 17, 1873, in St. Louis, Missouri, at the age of twenty-one. Enlistment records describe him as standing just over 5 feet g inches tall with hazel eyes, light hair, and a light complexion. Korn, also known by the nickname "Yankee Korn," was assigned to Company I of the Seventh Cavalry at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on June 3, 1873, as a private, serving extra duty in the quartermaster department from December 1875 to May 1876. Injune 1876, Korn participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. 2