Benteen & his Come Quick Orders Aug 25, 2016 7:29:59 GMT -5
Post by benteeneast on Aug 25, 2016 7:29:59 GMT -5
Yes, I did take a closer look at Benteen's hand drawn map of the battlefield. It appears that he locates that ravine along Custer Creek, which runs behind Putt's Souvenir Shop and Restaurant. That said, we must question where Benteen came up with 30 bodies located but not buried there. If they were 7th Cavalry bodies, they would very likely have been buried, even if just cursorily. Of course, Fred and others who specialize in rosters will tell you that there were not 30 unaccounted for bodies of 7th Cavalry troopers missing from Custer's field. If they are 30 dead Indian bodies, then it would indicate a serious engagement in that area. Its a shame that we have no other substantiating evidence to support Benteen's map reference here. I can see where Donahue is going with this. Its interesting to speculate.
You realize that at least two markers were placed adjacent Putt's Trading Post and one is believed to be the Sgt Major.
Benteen was asked to look over the battlefield I believe by Terry if my memory serves me correctly. He wrote and drew that in a timely manner. I think there had to be a reason for him putting triangles on the map where he did and writing what M represents.
We can't dismiss it. It's a investigative lead.
I agree that there is a lot of things that are a shame at the same time we would be here if everything was cut and dry.