White Bull -- Minneconjou Nov 28, 2012 16:52:26 GMT -5
Post by tunkasila on Nov 28, 2012 16:52:26 GMT -5
"The soldiers shot from the saddle and advanced, moving the Indians back and getting close to the camp. Everything was smothered in dust and smoke as Indians on both sides dashed about, fighting for the horses. White Bull thought he could see Rees getting away with about ten head of Lakota horses, but the Indians gathered in such numbers that the Rees retreated, leaving their captured ponies one again in Lakota hands. The soldiers then dismounted and formed a line facing north, where they set up a flag."
Personally do not know when Michno is quoting or when it is his writing. This is true what is above.
The reason I put this here is White Bull says the soldiers shot from the saddle and advanced, moving the Indians back and getting close to the camp before they dismounted to form skirmish lines.
There are references to guidons in Michno's book but I withhold using any till I read the source material.
As the accounts of White Bull are littered with exaggerations it’s difficult to know when he is being accurate.
Prior to the words you quote, he says this, - ‘A Cheyenne was killed after Swift Bear and also a Ree soldier. White Eagle was killed also. The Ree’s name that shot the two Indians was Buffalo Cloud. The Ree was shot down and the Sioux captured the Ree’s horse first, and then they went for the Ree and he shot two of them. The Sioux was White Eagle Elk Stands on Top were killed; but they don’t know who killed Ree. The Ree that killed Elk Stands on Top was killed right afterwards.’
From that it appears the fighting was already taking place, which would mean the soldiers were dismounted. Yet White Bull then says what you quote which ends with ‘the soldiers then dismounted.’ I really can’t see the soldiers advancing mounted wielding a carbine which needed two hands, so that they weren’t holding their reins at all, can you?
In Vestal’s ‘Warpath’ White Bull says, -‘The column of soldiers spread into a line, smoke burst from it, and White Bull heard the noise of the carbines.
All through that great camp was the confusion of complete surprise. Old men were shouting commands and advice, young men running to catch up their horses, women and children streaming away to the north afoot and on horseback, trying to escape the soldiers…
White Bull saw his own family started to safety, then sped up-river hard as he could ride to the camp of his uncle, Sitting Bull, which the soldiers were already nearing. There, he knew, his father’s tipi stood on the north side of the circle. By the time he arrived, the women and children had fled, and about a thousand warriors were gathering to resist the troops, whose bullets were already crashing through the tipis too high to hurt anyone. When White Bull reached the south end of the great camp, he saw a lively fight going on in the open, where the Ree and Crow Government Indian scouts were trying to run off the Sioux ponies.’
Now that indicates that he didn’t get to the Hunkpapa camp until after the fighting had begun and couldn’t therefore have seen Reno’s men mounted.