Custer's Orders May 29, 2017 20:48:44 GMT -5
Post by benteeneast on May 29, 2017 20:48:44 GMT -5
I think your hindsight length of the LBH is of no value into what Terry ordered. Can you produce anything before June 22, 1876 that it was known that the LBH river was 138 miles in length. What we know is that the mapping and knowledge was not the same as today and I am sure that Terry did not expect Custer to go to Wyoming.
Terry gave Custer the option of riding all the way to the headwaters of the Tongue before crossing over to the LBH valley. How long a distance do you think Terry thought that was? Can you produce anything before June 22, 1876 that shows that Terry thought the LBH river valley was a significantly shorter distance than it actually was? And is there any information you can find that Terry thought the LBH valley was actually a canyon that would keep the Indians from escaping from it once they slipped into it?
Nice try but you must prove that Terry knew it was 138 miles in length. I know that as soon as a scout went a little further up the Rosebud there would be sufficient new evidence to deviate from the orders. So for me it doesn't matter how much further the headwaters of the tongue was located. The trail turned as Terry predicted and there is zero effort that I have read about to scout past that turning point. That is the point Terry was making. He was Custer's superior in real time and we have nothing but opinions and no standing.
If you think that Custer's scouts couldn't figure out the activities between the turn at Davis Creek and the Rosebud battlefield I would like to know why you would think that?