Did Custer intend Benteen to support Reno? Jun 27, 2011 16:06:19 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Jun 27, 2011 16:06:19 GMT -5
rosebud: If this were true, there would have been no hesitation and Benteen would have crossed. If he can see them fighting, he has absolutely no reason to wait and do some recon. The message said to be quick. Not do some recon. Sorry Keogh it just won't fit any other way.
We must keep in mind that Benteen was riding quite a distance ahead of his battalion---with the exception of Weir's Company at Ford A. Before Benteen could give any orders to cross Ford A, he would await the arrival of his remaining two companies who may have been as far as 800 yards away. It was during this time that Benteen would engage in his recon of the valley. What else was he going to do while waiting for his command to reach him?
Kanipe and Martini just came from Custer and they knew darn well that Custer did NOT go near ford A.. Yet we think Benteen believes Custer and the whole outfit are fighting in the valley.
Unfortunately, neither Kanipe nor Martin bothered to tell Benteen that Custer had split his command and sent only Reno ahead into the valley. As Benteen admitted later, he thought Custer and Reno were fighting together in the valley.
I think that even Benteen could figure out where Custer was. Then again with Custer graduating last in his class might be the reason the modern west pointers don't understand his tactics. Good chance he might see things differently than a real West Point man.
I think the typical West Point graduate would have a far better grasp of Custer's tactical decisions that day than many others. And if Benteen could figure out where Custer was, why was his first question to Reno on reaching the bluffs, "Where's Custer?"
Look at the sequence of events as they unfolded.
a) Benteen arrives in the close vicinity of Ford A
b) He notices (ie. both hears and sees) action in the valley ahead.
c) He is waved over to the bluffs by 3 Crow scouts.
d) He rides closer to them and notices Reno's command clambering up the bluffs.
e) Benteen rides up to the bluffs.
If Reno's command had not abandoned the valley and retreated up the bluffs, do you really believe these Crow scouts would have waved Benteen over there? And if they had, do you really think Benteen is going to ignore a battle being fought a short distance to his front (within sight and sound), not knowing who it is, to go off on some bluffs to look for signs of Custer? Would you?