Thanks to poster Jose (blaque) we have the account of Oglalla Chief Big Road (Wide Trail) given to Dr. McGillycuddy:
I’m posting this excerpt from some interview notes by Dr. McGillycuddy, a surgeon with Crook’s column who was in the field a few weeks after the battle, and years later became Indian Agent. His interviewee, Broad Trail, is better known as Big Road:
“I am led to this belief through the story of Broad Trail, chief of the Ogallalas, who commanded about 600 warriors in the fight with Custer. Broad Trail with his tribe were given into my care after they had surrendered and been sent back to the Pine Ridge agency where they belonged. The old chief told me that Reno with his men attacked their village and just as the Indians were thinking about abandoning their position, he moved off in retreat. At that time, Custer and his men put in an appearance, though several miles away, and the Indians believed that they were being brought into a trap. When Reno drew back, the Indians under the direction of Sitting Bull fought Custer. Broad Trail told me that Reno’s men must have heard Custer’s bugles and the firing, but there is no doubt that Reno was himself pretty badly pressed at that time”.
(Interview in The Helena Independent, December 18th, 1898).
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