Troopers on Greasy Grass Hill---not Ridge! Sept 9, 2011 13:42:49 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Sept 9, 2011 13:42:49 GMT -5
Sept 9, 2011 9:23:20 GMT -5 @yantaylor said:Clair, I have this from Grey's Book.
5:05: Captain Thomas Weir, commander of Company D, departs Reno Hill without permission in search of Custer.
5:15: Reno dispatches 2nd Lieutenant Hare to the north after Weir.
5:22: Benteen departs Reno Hill with Companies H, K and M.
5:25: Captain Weir arrives on Weir Point. 2nd Lieutenant Hare arrives on Weir Point.
5:35: Benteen arrives on Weir Point with Companies H, K, and M.
5:50: Benteen and Weir pull off Weir Point and begin move back to Reno Hill. Company K acts as rear-guard.
6:02: Companies D, H, and M arrive back on Reno Hill.
6:10: Company K arrives back on Reno Hill.
Ian, Gray's timeline is highly controversial. I would recommend you not place too much stock in them. For one, he was neither a horseman nor a military historian, thus his knowledge of actual travel times and deployment speeds were sub-par. He also knew nothing of the Ford D foray of the Yates Battalion. He makes the mistake of accepting Col. Graham's flawed timeline as a basis for his study, choosing to believe that Custer actually walked his command down Ash Creek at a crawl of about 4 mph. Fred is coming out with a new timeline in his next publication. That timeline is far more accurate, imo. Just to give you an idea of how inaccurate the above timeline is, Lt. Godfrey claimed in his article on the battle (based on his own field notes) that Benteen's battalion reached Reno's command on the bluffs at approximately 2:30 pm. DeRudio, looking often at his watch, confirms this by stating that Reno left the timber position at shortly after 2 pm. Girard also confirms this time estimate in his own testimony at the RCOI. So how does Gray end up with the idea that Benteen reaches Reno at 4:20 pm??? All of his other times are based off of that fallacy.