Post by benteeneast on Nov 8, 2018 11:48:41 GMT -5
Here is my current route down Middle Coulée staying between the green lines within Middle Coulée , entering MTC and egress to Luce. This is my working map and subject to change with new facts. Since I am not writing a book I am not committed to any particular theory.
This route puts Custer close enough to do what Thompson states. It lines up with the first engagement on Luce across MTC. The gray line is where E would move north with or without other companies. I believe Martin was sent close to where E was sent north and Custer most likely did whatever he wanted to do.
I think E discovered a western route to LSH and it is evidenced on the McGuire map. It is approximately the same line as the markers are today.
Okay, I got it but I was calling things by the wrong name. And it looks doable. Up Butler Ridge (east and going up hill) to Luce Ridge (now facing down Butler Ridge) and then a left oblique turn on NC Ridge down to the deep ravine and up to Calhoun Hill? I can see the necessity for shooting down these two ridges in volleys to the west. Some of the maps has these ridges all up down the eastern high ground along MTC and was giving me the impression his command climbed to the eastern high ground across from the intersections of MTC and Cedar or Weir Coulee. Weir Coulee actually reminds me more of a swale. I'm going there in the fall and I probably shouldn't be surprised how close things really are based on my other battlefield visits. Great battles always seem larger than life until you visit them. I would like to go on a horseback tour if possible.
BTW, the terrain appear to support these moves. Sort of like getting herded. I'm surprised nobody just kept going east and beyond. Tells me they weren't under a lot of pressure until they got to battle ridge and the options ran out as well as the time. At that point a trooper couldn't make it going east even if he tried.
Now, that south skirmish line doesn't make any sense to me. What were those troopers doing down there? Trying to open a door? I don't get it at all. It looks more like they were going somewhere. Like at one point they came up from the river and was heading toward the cemetery like something was waiting for them there or they were going in the opposite direction flanked on both sides like going down a line and slowly getting beat up from both sides. If the latter, the Indians were toying with them to death.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2019 22:50:51 GMT -5 by culpeper