Mary & Maria Adams Dec 16, 2018 13:53:13 GMT -5
Post by herosrest on Dec 16, 2018 13:53:13 GMT -5
Quoting from - Custer secrets buried in Great Falls
Crook was stymied at the Battle of the Rosebud to the south. Though Gibbon was on time and would have been in proper position to provide plenty of military muscle, Custer did not wait to attack.
For that, of course, Custer’s been vilified. His command was largely wiped out.
The sisters Mary and Maria, however, had evidence to exonerate the famed Boy General.
“In the critical last meeting, the night of the 21st of June (near the steamboat the Far West at the mouth of the Rosebud River), there was a lot of controversy over exactly what orders Terry gave Custer,” Robison said. “For a long time it was said that Terry had put Custer on a tight leash. That Custer had gone against orders to conduct the attack without real authority.”
It’s been discovered that Mary Adams was also at the meeting.
“To quote her,” Robison said in an opinion that’s shared by several authors and historians, “Terry had actually ordered Custer to use his own judgment, to do whatever he thought best should he strike the Indian trail. ‘And whatever you do, Custer, hold onto your wounded.’
“It’s pretty well (established) that he did not violate orders.”
This story was discredited for years because it was known that Maria Adams was back in Bismarck, N.D., with Custer’s wife. She could not have been with Custer on June 21. But Mary apparently was. She later gave testimony about the meeting.
Robert J. Ege of Great Falls was among the original founders of the Little Bighorn Associates, Inc. He died in 1977. “He was a writer and also a radio commentator,” Liddic said. “He was very civic-minded, with (three sons and a daughter). His wife (Dorothy) was for a time the executive director of the YWCA in Great Falls.”
Liddic, of Lancaster, Pa., is now director emeritus of the Little Bighorn Associates.
“I know that the first issue of our newsletter was 20 printed copies, and it was done on a stencil machine in Bob Ege’s kitchen there in Great Falls,” he said. “In 1966, we had 12 members. Now we have 1,000, give or take, and we meet all over the country.”
Why, Blake was asked, has the group grown through the years? That’s easy, he said.
“It’s Custer and his charisma,” Blake said. “He was such a flamboyant individual. He was well-known, he was well-respected, and he was a great cavalry officer. He did a phenomenal job at Gettysburg. Some people say he actually turned the tide at that battle.
“You could say he was arrogant to a certain extent. But he was well-admired, and he got the job done. It was as simple as that. Some people criticize him for being so quick to engage the Northern Cheyenne and Sioux. And he may have made some mistakes. I guess that’s what people like to study. What if? What if? What if? Like I say, we’re still fighting the battle.”
Scott Mansch Published 11:22 PM EDT Jun 17, 2016