By the time Custer reached Greasy Grass Hill, Reno and Benteen were united on Reno Hill. I can imagine the conversation up there, peering into the valley. "Look, Mitch - There is no way on Earth tha Marcus would pull out before Fred turns up!. It won't happen. You are dismissed!!"
ps LSU's links to Baker's thesis are kaput. A search of their files gives 'nada'. Another lovely word. Join the two,
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Post by benteeneast on Oct 31, 2019 7:34:34 GMT -5
After reading it again it is my opinion that any West Pointer ought to know the difference between a .45-70 chambered weapon system that could also fire a lesser loaded .45-55 cartridge or even a blank.
The best thing I found was this quote.
Custer-expert W. A. Graham best summarized the events of June 25, 1876. The tactics of the Indians on that day resulted in their doing to Custer exactly what Custer had planned to do to them. And they were able to do it because they had the leaders, the arms, and the overwhelming forces, none of which facts were known or appreciated by the 7th Cavalry. Their numbers had been underestimated; their leadership and fighting capacity undervalued; their superiority in arms not even suspected. The 7th Cavalry paid the penalty for national stupidity.