Reno's Timber location: Pitsch site or Vaughn's? Nov 28, 2013 15:05:00 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Nov 28, 2013 15:05:00 GMT -5
Nov 28, 2013 5:56:33 GMT -5 @hevat said:keogh: Henk, Gerard was not speaking of any loops before they reached the village, but rather a loop of the river further downstream after Reno had charged the village and moved "down through the village". There are loops and timber positions all along that river valley. Gerard was simply suggesting that Reno could have charged through the village with the loss of a few men and then continued on to the next available body of timber to hole up in and defend until relieved by the rest of the regiment.
Girard didn't believe that the battalion could survive out in the open. In his opinion it wouldn't last five minutes. (Nichols 126)
Henk, that's exactly why Gerard indicated they would advance thru the village until "reached the next body of timber". Gerard was not advocating fighting out in the open for any length of time. The charge itself would encompass only a few minutes of time.
Why would he state that going through the village would cost only some few men?
Because Gerard understood the nature of a cavalry charge, creating panic and chaos in the camps thru the shock and awe of a battalion of mounted troops charging in column of fours, trampling all in their path. The only likely casualties would be a few troopers who might be shot from the side by a few braves lucky enough to get off a blind shot or two into the massive dust cloud before skedaddling out of the way and heading for the hills. For the majority of the rest, the only part of the Indians most of the soldiers would actually see would be the soles of their moccasins flying thru the dust.
Isn't it more likely that he believed that going to the next body of timber would have? Besides, did Girard know at that time in the timber about bodies of timber beyond the Vaughn site?
Gerard was an experienced frontiersman. He would know very well that there would be any number of good timber positions all along the Little Big Horn River right down to the Big Horn River.
Perhaps he was thinking about a retreat from the Vaughn to the Pitsch site?
Henk, keep in mind that Gerard was responding to the question:
"Q. What would have been the effect of moving … down through the village?"
Thus, Gerard's answer to the court was directed as to what he thought would happen to Reno's command had they actually charged the Hunkpapa camp and then moved "down through the village":
Gerard: "… it would simply have resulted in the loss of some few men before we reached the next body of timber … " (Nichols 126)