Herosrest's Battle controversies 1 - 8 Jul 14, 2013 12:59:33 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jul 14, 2013 12:59:33 GMT -5
That is of course Ford C as indicated by Freeman and noted as the best crossing. It is the crossing in the middle of the village, for those present that didn't realise the village moved down river.
Being strict with what is known, the image is of Ford B and does offer decent resemblance to what can be seen today. Great terrain resemblance with this image www.friendslittlebighorn.com/images/broadband/mtfbb02055.jpg
The bluffs shown in the Bob Reece image match well with the terrain in one of D.F. Barry's skirmish images, obviously, but the correlation of range is good. The divide feature, a little like an animal paw, compares nicely.
Why would there not be skirmishing lines in these areas of the battleground?
It's possible that it is Ford C but I'd need some comparison before accepting that. Ford C was certainly not the crossing in the middle if the village pre-battle. Wooden Leg describes setting up the Cheyenne camp prior to the arrival of the soldiers and from his description it's plain that the Cheyenne camp was entirely north of MTC, therefore Ford C was even further north.
After the fighting in June 25th the village did move in accordance with custom. On page 252 of 'Wooden Leg' he says, -'All of the camps were being moved...The Cheyennes selected a camping spot down the river about a mile northwestward. The Sioux all began moving northwestward and back from the Little Bighorn toward the base of the bench lands west from the river. In the new locations, all of the camps except the Cheyennes were west of the present railroad and highway.'
That would not put Ford C in the middle of the village either before or after they moved.
That Morrow photograph cdm16013.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p267301coll3/id/3053 could very well be Ford B. If it was, it was shot at an angle just north (or downriver) of the Ford (where there is a patch of timber) and from the east side of the river, with the camera facing slightly upriver. You will notice the heavy timber across the river at this point. That timber is still there to this day, and it is the location of the Cavalry camp during the annual Real Bird Reenactment of Custer's Last Stand.