Bear Paw Mountain vs. LBH Battle Plan Jan 27, 2013 12:33:10 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jan 27, 2013 12:33:10 GMT -5
Actually Camp posited a 40 minute delay by Custer in MTC, which does fit nicely if we begin where Custer was last seen by Reno's men on the high bluffs, to when he actually begins his attack on the village that draws all the warriors off of Reno's command after the latter retreated to the bluffs. The late and great Gordy did not believe, if I am not mistaken, that there was any attempt at all by Custer to move down or attack at Ford B, but rather that Custer took his entire 5 companies north along Battle Ridge to the north fords to attempt to cross and attack from the opposite end of the valley. Fred does accept independent action between Custer's squadrons, with one squadron going down to Ford B to initiate an attack, while the 2nd remained behind on the Luce Ridge complex. Neither of them accept any kind of delay whatsoever once Custer reaches MTC, and they have incorporated that idea into their time sequence. Walter Camp, Peter Thompson, Clair, Gerry and myself all agree that Custer did delay 30 to 40 minutes before launching his attack at Ford B, likely engaging in a leader's recon down to upper Boyer's Bluff apparently to check on Reno's mission to draw the mass of warriors in the village onto his Advance Guard before launching his flanking maneuver or envelopment across Ford B.
There are accounts of Yellow Nose capturing a flag at the start of the fight, in the middle of the fight, and at the very end of the fight. What makes it difficult to place exactly is the irritating Indian tendency in their accounts to jump from one incident to another without always placing them in proper sequence. Then again, as Tunk suggested, there is always the possibility that young Yellow Nose captured more than one flag, although that is a stretch, as if he truly did, I am sure that young man and his friends would never let us hear the last of it. I do think that Yellow Nose shares most of the glory, along with Lame White Man, for "Most Valuable Warrior" honors at LBH. It seems the Cheyennes made the real difference in Custer's defeat that day, despite their lack of numbers vis a vis the Sioux.
Btw, Hereosrest, the number 8 you reference on the Maguire map is not located at or near Ford B, but rather a good distance up Medicine Tail Coulee near the junction of Cedar Coulee. Perhaps Gerry, Clair and Tunk can take a good look at that map and let us know where they think that number 8 is located.