Supplementum: Timeline for LBH Battle Aug 19, 2017 23:13:45 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Aug 19, 2017 23:13:45 GMT -5
Aug 19, 2017 16:17:51 GMT -5 @rosebud said:Here are the participant accounts dealing with Reno's crossing the Little Big Horn River at Ford A:
Lt. Wallace (RCOI): It was probably 20 minutes after 2 when we crossed the creek first.
Yes, Wallace's time in this regard is supported by no other participant accounts. He admitted at the RCOI that it was a guess and not based on any watch time.
Sgt. Kanipe (Camp Int., Custer in 76): says that Reno forded the river at Ford A about noon. Translation .....wild guess and nothing more.
More logical translation: Sgt. Kanipe was referring to local sun time. Regimental watch time would convert that time estimate to about 1 pm.
Pvt. Davern (RCOI): Reno crossed the river at Ford A at 1 p.m ..........Another guess.[/quote]
Yes, a more accurate time estimate based on Regimental watch time. Davern's time is supported by Kanipe's estimate (assuming Kanipe was referring to sun time) as well as by One Bull's account, based on the watch time from a watch captured from one of Crook's soldiers 6 days earlier, which supports the timeline estimate that Reno's battalion, with Custer about a mile to his rear, was approaching Ford A at about 1 p.m. Add to that Blacksmith Mechling's account which tells us that the fighting began at about 1 p.m. which references the start of the fighting after Reno crossed the river and entered the Little Big Horn valley at this time.
Notice that there are no timelines here. Only guestimates of one end of the trip. They do not say when they left except that we know Wallace had a recorded time of 12:05 at the divide
Yes, Wallace's times are all questionable and mostly unsupported after his time of 10:07 for Halt 2.
So far the only legit timeline has the trip taking 2 hours and 20 minutes. This is only a 15 minute variation of the tested trips done in later years. Meaning it is probably close to right.
The trip from where to where? Perhaps from Halt 2 to the river, not from the divide or halt 3 to the river. The time from Halt 2 to the river was about 2 hours and 10-15 minutes.