Supplementum: Custer is seen on the bluffs Oct 7, 2014 1:37:27 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Oct 7, 2014 1:37:27 GMT -5
While Benteen's battalion is watering their horses at the eastern morass -- 4.75 miles east of Ford A -- Lt. Edgerly sees Boston riding past their battalion there. He says that Boston was "now hurrying up", thus suggesting that Boston was riding past them at either a fast trot or a gallop. Edgerly assumes that Boston had been riding with the pack train since the divide, but this would be a false assumption, contradicted by the recollections of both Pvts. Hardy and Kipp.
blaque: Edgerly does not state that he saw Boston while watering, but after striking the trail. It was the NY Herald correspondent in Bismark who quoted “several officers” as having talked with Boston at a water pool about 3 miles from the river. (NYH, September 20th, 1876).
Yes, its certainly possible that Edgerly saw Boston ride by just after Benteen's battalion returned to the main trail. As the eastern morass was only about 1/4 mile west of the point where Benteen hit the main trail, the time and distance involved is negligible -- about 5 minutes perhaps. If the NY Herald correspondent is correct, then it might well have been at the eastern morass, which, in any event, was located along the trail and just a short distance after Benteen's battalion had struck the main trail.