I think there were discussions of the many options. The ultimate decision was Reno's and he made the choice to stay. To me Benteen's comments would have little to do with the final decision. More likely Terry's comment about leaving the wounded would also have entered into the decision making. We all know that if Reno shows up anywhere without wounded questions would be asked.
It was Reno's decision and he chose to stay. I agree with Robb on Benteen. That was his nature.
Had not Benteen showed up, Reno would have lost all his wits and fled further to safety. I think another side we don't see, is Reno's anger & frustration towards Custer. Where is he? Why didn't he support me? We have wounded, dying and disoriented men. This notion that Reno & Benteen are just doddling around, wasting time and unconcerned about Custer, is utter nonsense to me. How can they possibly stop, what they are dealing with and race to the aid of George? It's not going to happen nor as soon as George wants it too.................
It would be like, I was just in a car wreck and my friend wants me to go help him repair his vehicle?
At the time this note was written, Benteen come quick bring packs, George hasn't a clue, what is happening to Reno and just assumes, Benteen can come to their assistance jiffy quick. George has already miscalculated this assault and it's ramifications upon Reno. George has already sent Benteen further off and in an unreachable distance from him. Then he sends some half, witted Italian messenger who can't even speak ENGLISH? If anyone is lacking common sense or unable to recognize these obvious blunders, it's George Custer......................
Post by Doug Mills on Jun 11, 2020 20:39:10 GMT -5
*Great points & analysis as always. I was reading Edwards Godfrey's diary and dated August 15, 1876. The Commdg. officer of the 7th Cal. Maj. Reno has been playing an "ass" right along and is so taken up with his own importance that he thinks he can "snip" everyone and comment on the orders he receives from General Terry's Hdqrs. and insult his staff, so there is not any one the personal staff on speaking terms.
He doesn't inspire *appreciation, *respect & confidence, if you ask me? Maybe to his horse? (lol)