“Custer had apparently made an attack on the Indians and was compelled to retreat, but was cut off from the main body,” explained the article republished in the Repository. “He was forced into a narrow recess, where horses and men lay slaughtered promiscuously.
The first report in The Canton Repository was written by a “special correspondent” for the Helena Herald in Montana. His story was dated July 2, 1876, and it was based on the first-hand knowledge of Muggins Taylor, a scout for Gen. Gibbon. Taylor had arrived in Still Water, Montana, and had talked to the correspondent the night before the article was published in the Herald. It details the military operation of Custer and documents its failure.
If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.