Post by benteeneast on Mar 19, 2008 8:30:12 GMT -5
Well Mel try "Custer's Lost Officer the search for Lt Henry Moore Harrington 7th US Cavalry" by Walt Cross I received a copy from the author last year when I was in Iraq. Its about the skull in a museum in Washton DC that the author dam near proves to be Lt Harrington. We corrsponded by email as I had a ancestor who died with F troop.
Wow, interesting. What was the cause of Harrington's death? Reno said that he was tortured. BTW, thanks very much for the service in Iraq, sir.
How would you determine death from only the skull? A bullet to the brain or tool marks from knives applied to a dead person should look about the same. Since the skull is old then blood and tissue evidence would not be present to help determine if the heart was pumping at the time of the incident. Certainly a body can be tortured leaving nothing forensic on the skull. If there are living relatives then DNA examination should be able to make the determination.
That's right. But since we do not have the rest of the body, we can see what evidence are on the skull alone. If there is a little, bullet entrance in the forehead, for example, it would mean that it was a long-range shot and probably the fatal one. For what I have read of Walter Cross' posts a few years ago, he thought that Harrington had been killed by two Santee brothers who had followed him. Harrington had succeeded in killing one of them in the struggle. This fight happened a few miles away from the battlefield.
Post by bandboxtroop on Mar 22, 2008 10:04:41 GMT -5
Reno lied about seeing Harrington tortured he statewd he could see it going on with binoculars from Reno Hill, impossible for Civil War era nods to see detail like that. Cross in his new book gives a theory that Harringtons revolver blew up in his face and then he went down knife fighting, the skull has a entry wound that would have come from above from someone sitting on a horse. West Point Museum collection has one of Harringtons buckskin jackets the family donated.
Post by bandboxtroop on Mar 22, 2008 10:26:07 GMT -5
Stand on Reno Hill and see what you can see from there with Civil War era nods, I have done it you cant make out detail. I dont doubt that wounded were burned in the fires as 3 heads were found but Reno didnt see it. They could hear celebrations. Derudio and O'Neil who were left in the timber also heard the savages having their celebrations. I think Sturgis was one of the unfortunates carried into the village.
Post by warhorse67 on Mar 22, 2008 18:00:04 GMT -5
For whatever it's worth, the Minneapolis Pioneer Press and Tribune published an interview with a trapper named Ridgely, who claimed to have been a prisoner of the Indians during the LBH, & he claimed that 6 soldiers were returned to the village after the death of Custer's men & were burned at the stake. He said one of these men was small with gray hair and whiskers.