Reno's Timber location: Pitsch site or Vaughn's? Dec 15, 2013 14:21:00 GMT -5
Post by fuchs on Dec 15, 2013 14:21:00 GMT -5
I have used the high-resolution reproduction of the Maguire map here:
spliced it together and scaled it to the same size as the 1967 USGS map from the USGS online store (the map was free).
Obviously this will introduce some error, but I am confident that it is smaller than the error due to Maguires measurements, and the fact that his reference points are not exactly known.
The main problem I see with Maguires measurements is that the "Reno area" and the "Custer area" appear to be slightly shifted and rotated in reference to each other, i.e. a line following the timber edge from point "C" to point "B" (MTC ford) is slightly shorter on the map than in reality.
In the attached map I have put markers corresponding to the points A,B,C,D,E and H from the Maguire map, in addition a plausible point for his reference point for the "Reno position".
The black markers represent the unaltered locations of Maguires points, referenced to the line between Custer and Reno hill.
The green markers are my idea of what would be the most plausible match, if corrected for the distortion between the Custer and the Reno area.
The circles have a diameter of 200 yards.
For the linear distances given in the RCOI, in comparison with the high-detail Maguire map and the USGS map I found
Reno's command <--> "E"
Maguire map 4.0 miles
USGS map 4.05 miles (Custer monument to the second "N" of "NAT MON")
Reno's command <--> "B"
Maguire testimony 2.2 miles
Maguire map 2.25 miles
USGS map 2.4 miles
Reno's command <--> "C"
Maguire testimony 1.2 miles
Maguire map 1.2 miles
USGS map 1.2 miles (to Pitsch's house)
from "C" along the timber line to a point opposite "B"
Maguire testimony 1.8 miles
Maguire map ~1.85 miles (hard to exactly determine)
USGS map ~2 miles (even less exactly determined)
from "E" to "B"
Maguire map 1.8 miles
USGS map 1.75 miles (Custer monument to mouth of MTC)