While recovering from a serious leg injury after being overrun by a street car in New York, Sergeant Rott of Godfrey's Co. K was interviewed on December 1886 by the New York Mail & Express, and made this interesting statement:
"Our fear now was for General Custer, but we were surrounded and could neither send him word or help him. Towards night the Indians made a rush on us, which we repelled, but we saw with horror that they carried with them the flags that General Custer had carried. This made us certain he had been met and defeated by them".
General of the Army (Medicine Man/Chief))
If Custer's battleflag was with him to the end, so to, that of his regiment. I defer to Freeman, who obviously learnt of its loss whilst in LBH valley before the march to 'Far West'. It may have been Custer's flag which Reno was invited to 'Come and get it back', in which case his reticence is perhaps understandable. Do we know what happened to Reno's flag. He should have had one.
FABULOUS 7th US CAVALRY ARCHIVE AND CAPTURED PIPE OF “LITTLE BIG HORN” SURVIVOR AND HERO IN RENO’S COMMAND, SGT LOUIS ROTT, RECOMMENDED TO RECEIVE “MEDAL OF HONOR.”.
The three Custer 7th Cavalry documents and captured Sioux pipe have come from Gloria B. Wood, a direct descent of the family of Sgt. Louis Rott, company “K” 7th US Cavalry. The documents and pipe are archivally framed by family and only pipe removed for study. Sergeant Rott survived the battle of Little Big Horn serving in Lieut. Edward Godfrey’s company under Reno’s command. Rott was recommended to be given the Congressional Medal of Honor for retrieving water for wounded and dying troopers from heavy Indian fire while penned down with Reno, where several comrades did receive the MOH and several were killed in this daring act so written about in all annals of the Reno fight at Little Big Horn. Rott was involved in all other Indian actions in the 7th Cavalry during his 1872-1878 military career. He would serve as mounted police officer in NYC after Indian Wars. (more..)