Did Miles mentioned Custer not supporting Reno as promised?
Is it possible that Custer's action at the lower end of the village was the support he promised Reno?
Aye, and Benteen's battalion provided the support from the rear that Reno seemed so obsessed by. Needless to say, Reno skidaddled after fighting less than 30 minutes, so in essence, there was nothing left to support in the valley.
Post by benteeneast on Apr 5, 2008 16:08:17 GMT -5
The President is the supreme commander or Commander in Chief as taught to any soldier in basic training. You think Custer aficionados would know that since it was the President that kept him from going to FAL and failing to train Custer style before the campaign began.
Edawrd Curtis was told by Crow scouts that Custer saw Reno being defeated but didn't do anything about it. He just rode on.
Curtis presented that info to TR and wanted an investigation into the alleged remarks. TR said too many years had gone by and it would not be good for the country to bring up why Custer lost?
Curtis never revealed that info until his son found his papers.
I found that passage astounding. That the Crow insisted Custer just sat there and watched Reno get his clock cleaned and even reported what Custer said. This from 3 Crow **who were still using interpreters 50 years later!** So was Custer muttering to his men in Absorake?
Also that they rode away and smack into Benteen. And either didn't tell Benteen where Custer was, or did and Benteen didn't do anything about it. But there is no record of Benteen meeting 3 Crow scouts from Custer.
That book is not good for anyone on a low-sodium diet.
That shows how the Crow accounts were useless with the passing of time. Most of them wanted to say anything extraordinary to get Curley's celebrity. It is almost a miracle that we do not get an account of Custer was washing his teeth in the LBH river with Crazy Horse.
Post by benteeneast on Feb 18, 2008 18:55:24 GMT -5
Custer's promise to support Reno was a flank attack. But Benteen never showed up to support the attack and Reno quickly left the timber. Custer got all the pressure - and died waiting for the other column to arrive.
But instead of a flank attack he went and sat on Last Stand Hill and waited for the Indians to come to him. Is this your theory?