I searched a little but couldn't find a thread on it, so here's my Q then.
Why didn't they send scouts ahead first instead of waiting around for Weir to go north, as well as the rest of the command? It makes absolutely no sense to me. For the army officers here, what would you have done?
Probably discussed ad infinitum but what the heck.
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Scouts did advance before Weir and Edgerley went out. The world (hello world) isn't quite ready for that bit of news yet. About ten assorted scouts but mainly Rees tried to rescue the party of scouts cut off on the east bank of the river and moved towards Custer then. They returned as Company D rode out after Weir. Analysis it is complicated in involving The Arikara Narrative which I refer to as a rats nest and is only worth doing if you have about three years of spare time to dissect it. Various other records left by scouts and some cavarly confirm it.
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What do you call an Arikara scout?
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Who ordered the scouts out? That's the Mr. Ree for me. (gag)
Good question. other than the general order to scout ahead to locate the village during the approach, the ones with MR were to bust up the pony herd. (Once they reached the Vill) The Crows indicate they were told that once the Vill was found they were leave the fighting to the US and if things turn bad were to return to the pack train and or the supply base. I cannot think of anyone ordering or asking the scouts or troopers even, to "Scout" ahead to the North in the time between FB arriving on the bluffs and Weir leaving out, by himself at first, no less. I think the Scouts that did move forward were looking for and to help they're buddies, on they're "own Hook" as they say? However if there is a written record of an order, someone here will find it.