Sanford is/was an interesting topic. He was aboard Josephine.. Hang on, see box below.... and involved with escort, supply, immense boredom, and quite much - really. His letters concerning the battle and atrocities are well known. For example, Wooden Leg kept Cooke's sideburn but stuffed the rest of the face cut off, into the LT's mouth. This happened to other casualties, even those without beards and one hopes they were immortal when it took place. He had a photographic studio at Fort Buford and who is to say that he didn't take a trip to the battlegound, with his camera. He certainly knew Reno, and what was what - lbha.proboards.com/post/19496
www.cgsc.edu/CARL/nafziger/876XAA.pdf Now, Gen. Terry had ordered the abandonment of the Powder River depot and instructed Maj. Moore, 6th Inf. to bring his troops and supplies to the Rosebud. On 2 August 1876 - Rose Bud River, Montana (Major O H M0ore) 2 companies 6th Infantry and 1 company 17th Infantry had one killed during an engagement as they recovered forage. It was Brockmeyer who died and wth him went secrets, quite possibly. Still. this was Far West, Sanford was aboard Josephine. The Carroll was there as well on the river, having brought Col. Elwell S. Otis and six companies of the 22nd Inf, first of the reinforcements to arrive from the East. The E.H. Durfee, was on the river also near the Rosebud bringing up Colonel Nelson A. Miles and six companies of the 5th Infantry. Aboard Far Wesy with Maj. Moore were 17 men of 7th Cavalry commanded by Sgt. Caddle, and Companies D, and I, 6th Infantry; Company C, 17th Infantry; one Gatling and one twelve-pound Napoleon gun, commanded by Lt Woodruff, 7th Infantry; and scouts. Therefore, there were 15 companies of infantry floating up and down the Yellowstone, because Marcus A. Reno couldn't hold some timber for ten minutes. Sanford was aboard Josephine, with thousands of troops drafted in to wipe Reno's little donkey and sort it all out for him; while he (Reno) was getting all uppity and snooty as only French blooded idiots can when stupid blind drunk all day, every day. Eventually, in September, he got to go and chase after Sitting Bull and ended up back at Fort Lincoln, while Miles did the job for him.
How can 'Private Sandford - nothing to do with this thread' be so, I am wondering. There is another Sandford on the Plains at that time but he ranked higher, with CW service. Wilmot, was involved with the expedition and campaign to subdue hostility towards the 'Great Father and the bald headed thieves who surrounded him'- (paraphrasing Sitting Bull). He may have witnessed the afadavit lady (Custer's cook) arrive at Buford. But since the post is about Wilmot, it is about Wilmot P. which leaves me at something of a loss in regards the point you make and must surmise that point is your point which I entirely reject on simplest grounds.
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If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.
He was with the Boundary Survey, you know. The Sixth furnished troops to escort the engineers of the Northern Pacific Railway from time to time, for duty in connection with the Yellowstone expedition of 1873, as escort for the commission survey in the northern boundary in 1874, and for the exploration of the Yellowstone River in 1875; and took an active part in the Sioux campaign of 1876. In the last case a battalion of the regiment consisting of Companies B, C, D and I under Major Orlando H. Moore, formed a part of General Terry's column operating against the "hostiles," during May, June, July, August, and September.
On August 21, 1876, Company G, 1st Lieutenant Nelson Bronson commanding, left Fort Buford as guard for the steamers Josephine and Yellowstone. While running about fifty yards from the bank at a point on the Yellowstone some forty miles below Glendive Creek, the boat carrying Lieutenant Bronson and his men was suddenly fired upon by Indians concealed in the timber and dense undergrowth. Private Dennis Shields was shot through the left breast and instantly killed. The fire was promptly returned, but on account of the retreat of the Indians and the nature of the country nothing more could be done, and the steamer continued on her way.