Weir Point Observations???? Sept 3, 2012 16:09:36 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Sept 3, 2012 16:09:36 GMT -5
Its only real weakness is lack of available water. One would need to go all the way down to Boyer's Bluff to gain access to the river.
Where would you place the horses and pack train on Weir?
The longer range carbines of the troopers, from the heights of the Peaks, would keep the warrior riflemen from creeping close enough to have an effect on their positions or their livestock, which could be well sheltered in the upper arms of the large ravines between the Peaks on the north side.
What is the distance from SS to Weir? Seems there are sites on SS closer than the distance fired from SS to Reno. The rifles used by the Indians for that long range shooting were mostly capable of hitting troops from that distance.
Its not the distance involved which is the determining factor here, but the elevation of the slopes. The distances are about the same, but unlike Reno's corral, the position was not commanded by higher ground, as was the case when the Indians occupied Sharpshooter Ridge and picked off far too many of Reno's troopers later that day. The Weir Peaks commanded the heights of Sharpshooter Ridge thus giving no advantage to warriors firing on the troops from that position. Keep in mind that the Cavalry also had the option of occupying Sharpshooter Ridge with several companies if they desired to do so at any time, although I don't believe that was a necessary option.
What would prevent indirect arrow fire from below the bluff side without exposing the trooper to fire?
I would not consider this to be a serious concern at all. The warriors would need to close within 200 yards or so and the bluffs are too steep with no real cover for bowmen to take position there. The same held true for the most part at Reno's corral. Indirect arrow fire from the western bluffs was no factor at all. Most of Reno's casualties came from the heights surrounding Sharpshooter Ridge. Benteen did have to deal with a few pesky Indians from south of his position, but that was only because the position he occupied did not command that area at all and, unlike the Weir Peaks, there were several ravines that provided cover for the Indians to within a few feet of his position. He had no problems at all with warriors firing arrows at his position from the bluffs west of his position in the corral.
Not sure that cavalry officers spent a lot of time pondering defensive positions when working on battle plans on paper or in thier minds. When things went bad it was usually retreat in the direction of the reserves and/or some rallying point. I believe there was rallying point even for Reno's retrograde.
The Weir Peaks are the highest ground in the area. Most of the slopes leading to it on the north, east and western slopes are too steep for the Indians to mount any type of mounted assault on it. The heights of the Peaks and the long arms of the loaves leading down off of it to the north command the ravines and coulees on the north and east sides of it. Indians would not be able to use these ravines as avenues of penetration, thus making their bows ineffective due to lack of range. There are no coulees to speak of south of it and the slopes to the west (by the river) are nearly impassible.