Newbie here, sorry. But I have a small relevant glimmer of light to cast on this.
For what it's worth, the Army Navy Journal of February 26th, 1876 has a small but incredibly interesting article.
I attach a jpeg thereof.
This was Brisbin's rescue of the Fort Pease settlement.
There is enough background in Brininnstool's Pvt. Berry (7th Infantry( Chapter, to whet the appetite for the early 1876 events of the battle. Fort Pease was the follow on 1875 adventure by the 'Boys' which was meant to establish trading at the head of navigation for river boats. That entire area had been a tumult of traders and hunters from long before 1803 (Lewis &Clark). There were trading posts scattered all along that part of the Yellowstone. Fort Sarpy comes to mind. Tullock built one and had the forks named. There were trading rialries and a number of massacres besides inter tribal wars.
Another close female relative of Rattle Blanket Woman can be adduced from the memories of Eagle Elk. Like Kicking Bear, Eagle Elk was born into the Oyuhkpe band. Crazy Horse, stated Eagle Elk, "chose to call me 'cousin' [tahansi] from the marriage of his mother." Defining the relationship more closely, Eagle Elk stated that: "My father married Crazy Horse's aunt." (Eagle Elk and Crazy Horse were also related through their fathers, who were themselves "cousins".) A distinction is here evident which suggests that Rattle Blanket Woman and Eagle Elk's mother, Good Plume, were cousins (sicepansi) rather than full sisters. Good Plume's family was "from near Sisseton", suggesting antecedents among the Upper Council Santees - a fact confirmed by the family's visits to "Sisseton" (probably the Upper Agency in Minnesota). [Eagle Elk-John G. Neihardt Interviews, 1944, Missouri Historical Society] In respect of Crazy Horse's veneration of his mother's memory, it is worth noting that Eagle Elk was born in 1851, seven years after the suicide of Rattle Blanket Woman. His 'choosing' to call Eagle Elk 'cousin' was, therefore, an honoring of his mother, suggesting something of the deep bond between mother and son.
Knowing the strength of the links between the Oyuhkpe band and the Miniconjou, I believe that these Oyuhkpe links for Rattle Blanket Woman strengthen the case for her Miniconjou background. (K.M. Bray)
If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.
When reading the Reno Board of Inquiry, Several times it is asserted that The Indians recovered the spent Cartridge Shell cases from the Battlefield. It is even stated that the Indians wanted to Pick up the cases that went with a specific rifle
So has anyone here ever read of an actual account of a empty shell being reloaded, Or evidence that a shell was found that had been reloaded.?
I have done this in a rifle club. There is a bullet mold you pour lead into it... Put powder in the shell and press the new bullet in. The casing when used will have a second hammer strike I would assume. So someone looking at a shell could tell.
I think Custers bullets did not quite have enough powder in them. Army cheapness I think.