Reno's Retreat? Sept 20, 2013 14:26:00 GMT -5
Post by meotzi on Sept 20, 2013 14:26:00 GMT -5
I don't think that was really the argument. He should have at least had a rear guard of sorts to try to help the soldiers who were crossing the river. Edgar Stewart:
Indicative of Reno's complete loss of control is the fact that no attempt was made by those who had gained the eastern bank to cover the crossing in any way or to protect and aid the men whose horses were still plunging and rearing in the stream, although Indians on both the right and left banks were firing at the men in the water. (Custer's Luck, p. 373)As a newcomer, it is beyond me how anyone can defend the way Reno retreated from the timber, much less how anyone can believe his retreat was a "charge."
Well it seems to be the general theme on this thread that he was encircled so a rear guard was useless. Iam assuming they mean a 3/4 circle or did Reno actually charge through like he claims?
I have always thought they were about to be completely surrounded and as they charged out CH was arriving so they basically rode right up to them. I assumed they came from the side.
Keogh's example sounds like an alternate way to the rear guard that may have worked well at the river crossing. Would they still need a rear guard of sorts for that scenario or would all fire coverage come from the crossing area only?
I definitely agree there is not much positive that can be said about that retreat and I always thought for it to be a charge it has to be at the enemy, not away from them!