It is as likely as not the bullet, it is simply a matter of mathematical odds. I believe that the maps are those referred to in various publications studying this period of research. This seems to have been a productive period in regards relics with many people active on the ground. Lame White Man's carbine came onto the market for relics as I posted. SPENCER SADDLE RING CARBINE USED BY LAME WHITE MAN
Of course it may well have been the Cheyenne knitting awls which really finished Custer off but there is no way today that that will come to light. As you know, this idea is counter to my own thoughts that elements of the five companies were simply swamped with mounted attacks by hostiles from all quarters; as they pulled back from the river. The real question for me is why they went north away from support rather than east towards it. Although it is very doubtful in the extreme that CKY (Custer, Keogh, Yates) could have known of the retreat from the valley by Reno, before the hostiles released by the retreat arrived against them riding up the bluffs and across MTC cutting off retreat back the way they came; that in itself does not explain at all why the companies ended up where they died. It really, really, really... (that's three really) doesn't.
Provenience for Lame White Man's weapon is fantastic in helping us understand movement about the battlefield, the flow and understanding it and I truly wonder how this information seems to have been disregarded for so long.
So long. Be well.
Isn't it great that we have cleared up the confusions and reticence to accept the reality that the Cheyennes were camped opposite Deep Coulee when Reno and Custer attacked. Marshall mapped the little coulee which other participants have mentioned and showed it present in 1891. It doesn't seem to be there today and I suppose that it, like many other battle artifacts and evidence - was removed at some ppoint by avid collectors or do gooders trying to prove that what wasn't, was, and that what was couldn't possibly have been. The only real puzzle remaining is the Gall and Godfrey saga from 10 years after and what went on on Smith's Hill before elements of E Troop fled for the river. It has been an amazing few weeks of discovery and insight and I believe moreso than ever that what was understood of the fighting in 1876 was in broad and specific essence, the entire worthwhile story. Hughes summed it up rather reasonably before then moving on to his life long anti Custer vitriole. The disaster was as much and more Terry's fault, as Reno and Benteen you know. Isn't CYA wonderful. I do feel that Lame White Man's weapon should be returned to NPS as the single most important battle relic extant. It is an incredibly important emblem, symbol and evidence of our needs to stand firm and defend our way of life.
It seems to me that an awful lot of people are not happy with history and just change it willy nilly to suit whatever is ever but we should thank Mr Pitsch for the discovery of those cartridges on land west of modern Garryowen which confirm that Reno skirmished there and NOT east of GO towards the red roofed Fort Custer and current tour land which was purchased from Mr. Pitsch.
If it walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, and looks like a duck ~ it is probably a goose.