Testimony of Maj. Reno Sept 9, 2010 18:26:15 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Sept 9, 2010 18:26:15 GMT -5
You bring up a good point here lew, especially about the propensity of Hollywood movies to portray most troopers as expert marksmen dropping dozens of warriors from their horses.....in real life that just doesn't happen. That said, we must also realize that it is not necessary at all to have expert marksmen in your skirmish line dropping Indians right and left. The effectiveness of a skirmish line in laying down fire, in and of itself, will serve as a major deterrent to keeping the warriors at a safe distance. The mere act of firing will keep the the enemy at bay. The Indians are not thinking whether the troopers are good shots or not....they will simply not close in to engage as long as you have maintained an effective skirmish fire on their position. We saw this very well during Reno's skirmish line action out on the valley floor, just as we later saw it during Godfrey's retreat from the Peaks. I doubt very much that any Indians were killed in either event, yet the direct fire kept the warriors at a respectful distance in both cases.....no need at all to worry about adjusting sights for different ranges, etc. Just keep up a slow and steady fire and keep on moving. If you see the enemy beginning to mass in one particular area, then readjust your skirmish line and fire off a volley or two to disperse the threat.