Post by keogh on Aug 28, 2018 16:36:45 GMT -5
Quote 'Recorder -- What became of the large body of Indians you saw advancing when Major Reno's command came into the woods?
Witness -- They turned back to guard their village against Gen. Custer.
They turned back to guard their village against Gen. Custer - when Major Reno's command came into the woods - from the skirmish line and not going out to form it.
Had the large body of Indians advancing when Major Reno's command came into the woods - if you take it to be Reno dismounting to fight on foot - this is still nothing to do with what was visible and taking place when the battalion was crossing the river.
That was kind of a silly response from Gerard, more of a CYA answer considering that Custer did not begin his attack anywhere close to the time Gerard tried to explain the disappearance of the force he thought was coming out to attack Reno prior to Reno reaching the Garryowen Bend. I think Gerard would have been better served had he just admitted the more logical answer, that being that he never saw any horde of Indians coming out into the valley to attack Reno while the latter was crossing the river at Ford A. What Gerard likely heard was a warning from his own Ree scouts -- who were out on the valley floor at that time -- that the village was still standing and not running away, hence the Indians would soon be coming out in force to protect their escaping noncombatants. But of course, Gerard would have only heard their shouts that 'the village and its warriors were not running away but were coming out to fight.' It was very likely a simple misunderstanding between Gerard and his Ree scouts, and nothing more than that.