The Recorder Oct 12, 2012 17:56:48 GMT -5
Post by tunkasila on Oct 12, 2012 17:56:48 GMT -5
Wounded left behind in timber – Henry Klotzbucher, Isaiah Dorman, Charlie Reynolds.
Wounded during retreat – Unknown – all found dead.
Wounded on Custer field – Unknown – all found dead. Impossible to know how many were wounded and unable to withdraw as colleagues were obliged to retreat.
Nothing to be gained from this exchange.
And lets not forget Pvt. Lorenz of M Co as well as the possibility that Sgt. O'Hara might have still been alive. And we can add to this list, the abandonment of Lt. DeRudio, Fred Gerard, Wm. Jackson, Herendeen and at least 13 enlisted men, one of whom -- a Sgt. -- was also wounded.
Apart from Morris, all reports have Lorentz killed by a bullet through the neck and out of the mouth.
Apart from Pigford, all reports have O'Hara killed.
Sgt Charles White aka Henry Charles Weihe, got shot in the elbow and Daniel Newell got a flesh wound in his left thigh.
As Moylan put it, the retreat was 'Sauve-Qui-Peut' or 'Everyone for himself.'
Any exit from the timber that did not have a specific end point in mind and with unknown numbers of enemy waiting for the next move, was always going to result in some casualties. Add to that the less than military command from Reno, "Any of you men that wish to make your escape, follow me," with many of 'you men' out of earshot and it's little wonder that some got left behind.
Whether Reno should have left the timber is a pointless argument to me. He did leave it and we know the result. Imo we gain only by considering what did happen, not what might have happened.