herorest's contributions Oct 26, 2015 20:42:13 GMT -5
Post by herosrest on Oct 26, 2015 20:42:13 GMT -5
I had been riding at the rear of F Troop [ed. previously, Pvt. Pickard claimed to have been riding at the front of F Troop], but now that we were in company front, I was at the extreme left of the company.
It could be in regards position in F Troop, that Yate's rode with Custer and HQ. That would mean Van Wyck Reily at head of F. If we accept the five man scouting assignment deployed by F as per Peter Thompson, then which officer? In previous discussions it was felt an NCO held the command, but that was not so for Benteen. It could also simply be that Pickard was at the rear for a time.
It is at times like this, with such account of events, and of course despite advanced years (we don't all go senile)' that I lean back and smile. At the work done by Freeman and Maguire (McClernand) on their..... map and sketch. I then recall endless droning lecture. Godfrey. Marquis. Kuhlman. Rickey. Then I go here - thelbha.proboards.com/post/50850 and then, well you all know the rest. Right.
Custer now made a speech to his men saying, "We will go down and make a crossing and capture the village." The whole command then pulled off their hats and cheered. And the consensus of opinion seemed to be among the officers that if this could be done the Indians would have to surrender when they would return, in order not to fire upon their women and children. - John Martin, Custer's bugler.