C Co Charge Feb 9, 2013 15:31:32 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Feb 9, 2013 15:31:32 GMT -5
Was this charge down into that draw just west of Calhoun Hill? Or was the charge down Calhoun Ridge? I'm trying to see how the casualties ended up on Calhoun Ridge...did they charge into the draw, then dismount, then move south on foot up on to that Ridge?
Of course, we can only speculate on this. Some are convinced that C Co. charged down into the bottom of Calhoun Coulee (that draw just northwest of Calhoun Hill). I suspect they come to that conclusion because that's what Richard Fox wrote in his book. To me, that makes no sense whatsoever. To charge down the bottom of a ravine, then dismount and form a skirmish line down there with unoccupied high ground on both flanks and to your front is about the dumbest thing I can think of. Just look at the map and see what I mean. Personally, I believe that C Co. was acting as two independent platoons at this point. One platoon (1st Platoon) would charge down to Finley Ridge, likely from just behind Calhoun Hill and on up to Finley Ridge. This platoon would have dismounted on Finley Ridge with the horses being taken by the horse-holders down into the upper reaches of Calhoun Coulee. Only an Infantryman would suggest that they would charge into the bottom of a coulee, dismount there and then move up to the ridge on foot, assuming that mounted hostiles would not get there before they did! As far as C Co's 2nd platoon, I surmise that the most logical deployment would be dismounted on the ridge just north of Calhoun Coulee to cover the approach to the horses there from the north and west. This platoon would likely have left their horses down in Keogh's swale and advance to this ridge on foot. When this position was hit by Lame White Man and Yellow Nose's charge, 2nd platoon fell back to Keogh on Battle Ridge and 1st Platoon was cut off on Finley Ridge. At the time of the attack, Lt. Harrington was with 2nd Platoon and fell back to the Keogh position along with his 1st Sgt. Bobo.
Its a shame we can never really prove any of these dispositions, but this one makes the most sense, tactically speaking, to me.