The Baker Fight -- 8/14/1872 Jul 18, 2015 13:24:53 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jul 18, 2015 13:24:53 GMT -5
Carl: Custer with 5 companies was unable to successfully defend - Reno's battalion could not succesfully defend.
Custer's 5 companies were able to successfully defend themselves for over 2 hours, long enough time for the rest of the combat ready elements of the regiment to come to their support if they had a mind to. Reno's battalion could and did successfully defend his position in the valley, losing less than 6 men in the process, until he made the decision to stop defending and start running.
How then could Company B and the details do so? The fact is that the pack train was vulnerable and no amount of spin that they were adequetly defended can change that.
The pack train had an armed guard as large as Benteen's battalion. They had the ability to defend themselves for several hours without support, just as every other battalion in the regiment did that day. They also had the distinct advantage of not having to worry about running out of ammunition.