Two Moons Account Jul 11, 2012 20:35:00 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jul 11, 2012 20:35:00 GMT -5
This appears to be something new. That the Sioux moved down river to Deep Ravine before or just as Custer went to ford B. Then Custer charged towards them while fighting a retreat from the the ford. It doesn't add up to me. I just don't see the Sioux getting down river that far and that fast. But up river on the south side of MTC makes more sense as to what happened.
Britt, according to most battle students, Custer's demonstration at Ford B lasted between 20 to 30 minutes, which is plenty of time for warriors to move down to Ford C and come up on Custer's flank and rear via Calhoun Coulee and the heights of Greasy Grass Ridge. Had they done so, Custer's position on Butler Ridge and the ground just west of it would be threatened. The same holds true if Custer had deployed a small detachment of troopers to hold the heights of Greasy Grass Hill. Had this occurred, it would explain why Custer may have decided to pull back from the Ford B area and take the heights by Finley Ridge.
I don't think Two Moons describes Custer charging towards them on this fallback to Finley Ridge at all, as Custer is described as falling back dismounted with his horses in the middle. Two Moons says: "Here [near Ford B] Custer stopped momentarily and, supposing that he would cross, the Sioux began to appear on his right and rear [Greasy Grass Ridge]." Don't you find it interesting that the path Custer decided to follow on his withdrawal from Ford B was to "his right and rear" or directly towards these very same Indians?