Trumpeter John Martin (Giovanni Martini) -- Co. H Dec 10, 2015 1:08:24 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Dec 10, 2015 1:08:24 GMT -5
I agree with you on this Steve. If that point is not el. 3411, then it should be. Its a far more likely site for anyone to view the valley below than any other point on those bluffs, imo.
I think Donahue should have something to say about Custer's route.
I have no doubt that he will do so in his forthcoming book. I look forward to it.
I also think that SSR makes no tactical sense to me. Why would you want the drainages running parallel to the road to remain empty of troopers? They provide both cover and concealment and they are closer to the intended target.
I think the only real drainage that mattered was the one leading directly to the Ford at the mouth of MTC. That said, I am open to any other evidence suggesting alternative routes.
The drainage which the road follows comes out just a little close to MTF than Cedar Coulee it also lines up the artifact finds of .45-70 cases across MTC.
I think one would need to determine how visible the column would be to the village below as it crossed over the eastern loaf of the Weir Peaks.
I don't see how or why Martin would cut across country and end up on SSR. I do see how he could cut across country and end up skirting Weir at Cedar Coulee.
I think it all depends on where one has Martin leaving on his journey back across the bluffs as well as where one has the hill from which Martin viewed the village. At the RCOI Martin does seem to desrcibe the ridge from which he viewed the village as being the same one later occupied by the Indians firing at their corral on Reno Hill. That rules out the Weir Peaks to my way of thinking and points to Sharpshooter Ridge.