Post by on Aug 19, 2008 11:57:10 GMT -5
That is certainly my model. For now.
Reno, perhaps inappropriately, stopped his charge and formed skirmish lines but he allegedly was facing hundreds of NAs. Custer didn't have those odds at MTC that I am aware of.
That's a dangerous assumption, I think. There well could have been HUNDREDS of Warriors at MTC ford and Bouyer ridge by the time Yates' squadron got down within hailing distance of the ford.
I don't think it was the appearance of cavalry AT the ford that alerted the Warriors off Reno...I think they were actually alerted by Warriors atop Weir Hill as they chased Reno up the slope, and also by Warriors still around the village looking up MTC. They had plenty of time to set up a solid defense before any cavalry reached MTC ford.
I am now beginning to think maybe he wasn't trying to cross ford B with a charge but more of a diversion for Co. E and others to move north.
That is still a strong possibility...I don't think Custer wanted to go bowling through the village in close combat with the Warriors obviously coming up behind him, as he could tell by the Reno dust and noise, even before he saw them coming down his original trail at him.
All he needs to do at this point is draw the Warriors off Reno...he doesn't need to be charging into the valley not even knowing Reno's location or status...at any rate, Benteen is there with him, surely.
Custer is actually being careful, eh?....
The better question is...why did Yates' squadron move north? Was that actually his big mistake?