Brisbin's Fiction May 20, 2013 16:27:02 GMT -5
Post by tunkasila on May 20, 2013 16:27:02 GMT -5
It was expected by Custer that the camp would run, if warned. This was his experience from August 1873. The camp would run and turn at their convenience to attack where and when Sitting Bull chose. There was no certainty on 21st June, as to what would be found, where it would be found, if anything would be found, or if the camp eas found, whether it could be coral'd and attacked. Those were the lessons of 1873 and no one knew that Sitting Bull intended to stand if attacked.
It was not his experience from August 73 during the Yellowstone Expedition. In both of those fights the Indians attacked away from their camps so no running on that basis was involved. The fact is that in both engagements, the Indians quit the field which was their SOP when they held no advantage.
Custer's experience of villages that ran stemmed from his attempts to bring Indians to battle on the Southern Great Plains throughout 1867. There is no evidence at all that once they scattered and ran, the Indians ever turned and fought 'at their convenience' because by the very act of scattering they dissipated their ability to fight any kind of pitched battle against a usually numerically superior military force.
Well of course no one knew what Sitting Bull would do, after all he'd studied Napoleon's tactics at West Point.