Post by a10acn on Oct 14, 2015 13:36:40 GMT -5
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A couple of points. One is the universal glaring oversight.
Excerpted fromOFFICIAL REPORT OF GENERAL CUSTER,
Headquarters Battalion Seventh Cavalry,
Pompey's Pillar, Yellowstone River, Montana,
August 15th, 1873.
At early dawn the next day (the 11th instant), the Indians appeared in strong force on the river bank opposite us, and opened a brisk fire upon us from their rifles. No attention was paid to them until encouraged by this they had collected at several points in full view, and within range of our rifles, when about thirty of our best marksmen, having posted themselves along the bank, opened a well-directed fire upon the Indians and drove them back to cover.
In the meantime strong parties of Indians were reported by our pickets to be crossing the river below us, their ponies and themselves being so accustomed to the river as to render this operation quite practicable to them. Captain French, commanding the right wing, was directed to watch the parties crossing below, while Colonel Hart, commanding the right wing, posted a force to discharge this duty with regard to parties crossing above. It would have been possible, perhaps, for us to have prevented the Indians from making a crossing, at least when they did, but I was not only willing but anxious that as many of them should come over as were so disposed. They were soon reported as moving to the bluffs immediately in rear of us from the river. Lieutenant Brush was directed to employ his scouts in watching and reporting their movents, a duty which they discharged in a thorough manner.
While this was transpiring I had mounted my command and formed it in line close under the bluffs facing from the river, where we quietly waited the attack.
Colonel Hart had posted Lieutenant Charles Braden and twenty men on a- small knoll which commanded our left. Against this party the Indians made their first onslaught. A mounted party of warriors, numbering nearly two hundred, rode boldly to within thirty yards of Lieutenant Braden's position, when the latter and his command delivered such a well-directed fire that the Indians were driven rapidly from that part of the field, after having evidently suffered considerable loss.
The hostiles were bold, confident and aggressive and were overcome with the use of combined arms. Sitting Bull's tribe were perfectly happy to dawn attack the camp of a cavalry regiment, and maintain the action.
The fighting (if it occured) on Nye Cartwright Ridge, out of view from the valley encampment, must be assessed in the light of known tactics.
Likewise, the idea that one battalion held back out of sight in movement down river towards lower fords D, is simply a repeat of Custer's hurried attack at Washita - which not one historian since 1876 , will consider as rational at LBH.
Strange indeed? I suppose if it turned out successful, then ALL would've Cheered! and said: 'What a Genius tactic' ?