Cavalry Horses and mules Feb 15, 2014 10:08:50 GMT -5
Post by Gerry on Feb 15, 2014 10:08:50 GMT -5
Here, Gibbon does not mention wait for us. The only thing odd about any of this is. Why would Gibbon ask Custer to wait when Custer was offered part or all of Gibbons Cavalry? I would think that by the 22nd, everyone knows that Custer is the strike force, the hammer. Gibbons is the anvil. Why would Gibbons expect Custer to wait?
I think the wait for us part was added after Custers death. It's no big deal, just wondering.
Turning down the additional cavalry and the Gatling guns would make Custer’s advance down the Rosebud strictly Custer’s fight or “a Seventh Regiment affair”. The Gatling guns may hinder his advance. Custer was going to hit the trail Reno found and move on it to its conclusion, nothing to slow the movement down. IMO Terry, Gibbon, and Custer new this. Somehow Custer was to be slowed down and allow Gibbon time to get to the Little Big Horn. The scout to the south was to delay Custer’s move to the LBH based on the miles per day Custer expected to move.
Custer’s orders gave him leniency in that his orders would not “impose upon you precise orders which might hamper your action when nearly in contact with the enemy”.
Gibbon knew this and knew General Custer, after turning down the Gatling guns because they may hinder his movement and Custer’s orders essentially allowed Custer to say on the trail, Gibbon said, “Wait for Us”. After turning down the Gibbon's two troops so that this would be a 7th affair. Gibbon says "Don't be greedy".
But General Terry's orders and battle plan was to have Gibbon up on the mouth of the Little Big Horn on the 26th. To comply with that time frame Custer would have to wait.