Col. Keogh's Battalion Jun 1, 2012 14:40:43 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jun 1, 2012 14:40:43 GMT -5
I recall one theory someone had that Keogh was sent to take command of Reno's battalion should Reno have faltered on crossing the LBH river to begin the attack, but I don't think that likely at all. My take on Keogh riding with Cooke to Ford A indicates the following:
1) Keogh's squadron (I and C Co's.) were the lead squadron of Custer's advance along Ash Creek. Had Yates' squadron been in the lead, he would have accompanied Cooke to the ford rather than Keogh. And it is logical that Keogh, as senior Captain, would be given the honor of the advance.
2) It is perfectly logical that Keogh, as the advanced squadron leader, would be sent to Ford A to scout the crossing there -- or any other potential crossing nearby -- to prepare for his own squadron's crossing there. Cooke went along as the eyes and ears of HQ.
3) This should tell us that Custer did initially plan to follow Reno across Ford A with at least Keogh's squadron. Later, this plan was countermanded when word came back via Girard -- and later from McIllargy and Mitchell -- that the Indians were coming out in force to oppose Reno's advance. It was then that Custer elected to swing north and support Reno with a flank attack via the next available ford (Ford B).