Post by herosrest on Dec 22, 2015 21:01:44 GMT -5
Think it's one of the more sensible decisions to be honest. If you are going into territory held by the enemy in strength you either go very cautiously and in very small groups or you scout forward in large groups. Given that virtually all movement will be detected small isolated groups could well be picked off. Custer had to check that his presence hadn't driven the NAs to the south and/or that he wasn't about to get hit in the flank.
Like Benteeneast I see that a negative search would not require a messenger to be sent.
A messenger (Ree scout) was sent to Custer and resulted in the message given for Martini to carry to Benteen. This information did not become public until 1920, when the content of the message could be discerned, but is eternally ignored because the military do not do pink.
The unfortunate misinformation inherent to such circumstances as conglomerated the Little Bighorn defeat and aftermath, manifested very early on. Reno, July 5th - The following-named citizens and Indians who were with my command were also killed: Charles Reynolds, guide and hunter; Isaiah Dorman, (colored,) interpreter; Bloody Knife, who fell from immediately by my side; Bobtail Bull, and Stab, of the Indian scouts. Of course Stab was not dead but amongst the escapees to Powder River who were telling that Custer was shot in the bottom, and that the scouts had ridden to join Custer before Weir and Edgerley did and in fact returned to Reno Hill as Company D marched out to the peaks and looking for Custer's command. That's what happened and Little Sioux reported the end of the fight.
Quoting Marcus A. Reno - the famous stuff - July 5th, 1876 - We now thought of Custer, of whom nothing had been seen and nothing heard since the firing in his direction about 6 p.m. on the eve of the 25th, and we concluded that the Indians had gotten between him and us and driven him toward the boat at the mouth of the Little Big Horn River. The awful fate that did befall him never occurred to any of us as within the limits of possibility That is from his official report!
Further completely brilliant Reno - 'After traveling over his trail, it was evident to me that Custer intended to support me by moving farther down the stream and attacking the village in flank; that he found the distance greater to ford than he anticipated; that he did charge, but his march had taken so long, although his trail shows that he had moved rapidly, that they were ready for him; that Companies C and I, and perhaps part of E, crossed to the village or attempted it; at the charge were met by a staggering fire, and that they fell back to find a position from which to defend themselves, but they were followed too closely by the Indians to permit time to form any kind of a line. So, having moved rapidly in a march which took so long'[/i] he would have been at Last Stand Hill in 15 minutes after leaving Reno Hill environs. Way to go, Marcus. We know timing for the rapid march from Nelson A. Miles. It was only 2.5 miles to Ford B. about 3 miles to the other Ford B, and a little over 4 miles to E on Maguire's map.
Now, the information on fighting from rifle-pits was given to Gen. Terry on the 27th June, 1876; and he reported it in his first official report, sent to R.C. Drum and forwarded to Sherman, eventually. So the question must be asked - who lied to Terry about the battle so that he reported what was lies. The fight on Reno Hill ended by about half past 2 o'clock of the 25th. Silly General.
Let there be no mistake, someone lied to Terry about the events at Little Bighorn. I often wonder if Terry knew sign talk.
You can see the actual hand written pages, here - docsteach.org/documents/301976/print Quite amazing.