Benteen's Orders - The March to the left Feb 6, 2008 3:52:59 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Feb 6, 2008 3:52:59 GMT -5
andrew1980 said:Hi Fred
Thanks for your reply! I suppose & correct me if Im wrong,that Cpt. Weir was a member of the Custer clan & this was perhaps his reason for wanting to go to Custer? I'll state your more knowledgeable then myself,& Im more likely to have listened to the wrong people,perhaps.Look forwarding to hearing back from you!
Andrew, it was not just Captain Weir who desired to move out to support the rest of the regiment. Lt. Godfrey reported that when the officers heard gunfire and volleys being fired downriver from Reno Hill, one of the younger officers (was it Varnum?) said something to the effect, "If Reno doesn't get moving soon, Custer will be after him with a sharp stick!" This is one of the areas of greatest controversy at the battle. I don't think anyone would blame Captain Benteen for halting to help Reno regroup for about 15 minutes or so, especially considering his handful (about a dozen) wounded. But after 15 minutes, the 900 warriors had all departed and were heading directly for Custer's command. After a long delay, Captain Weir, apparently quite frustrated at the delays if we are to believe Benteen (who described him as being in "a fit of bravado") moved out towards Custer's position. It might have been only a simple recon, or Weir might have hoped that his bold advance would motivate the rest of the command on Reno Hill to follow him out, which eventually they did. But they had delayed close to an hour of critical time before Benteen finally saddled up his horses and moved out again, long after those 900 warriors had long since departed the area. But this is a touchy subject and there are many who will defend Benteen's decisions that day right down to the wire. This is one of the things which makes a study of the LBH battle so very interesting across the board. Don't expect to find a consensus on this issue, nor on many others for that matter!