Benteen's Orders - The March to the left Jul 12, 2011 19:15:14 GMT -5
Post by Clair on Jul 12, 2011 19:15:14 GMT -5
Here is what I think it was about: The ridges on the left of Ash Creek make it hard to just go by what route/distance you prefer. You have to choose to negotiate around the ridges by going farther, or cutting to the right closer to Ash Creek, and not going over all the high ground.
I think Custer was telling Benteen to go out farther than he might like (perhaps three, or even four miles away from Ash Creek), rather than to cut in closer. I think because he had scouts closer, and didn't need a guard that close.
So Custer tells Benteen to go out over a couple ridges away from the creek before he cuts back in parallel to the Ash Creek route. And this, in turn, inspires Benteen's admission that he thought he was going too far out to be properly supported by Custer, should he actually hit something out there.
Custer was telling Benteen: "Don't be timid...go farther out!" Benteen worries.
How did Custer even know he needed to send messengers to send Benteen to the valley? How did he know? What could Custer see that would make him send not one..but..two?
Going down Ash Creek, I think Custer could tell that Benteen had to make a choice to avoid the highest ridgelines...cut back in closer to Ash Creek, or go more west over more ridges where they are not nearly as steep, but farther away.
Your hocus-pocus answers are not cutting it.
You want him to be a flank guard .....We get it..... Your wrong. Try another angle that is not going to fly.
WHY am I wrong. What indicators tell you that Benteen was not performing the traditional role of a flank guard in a movement to contact?
What would a guard force be doing any different from what Benteen is doing, and says himself that he is doing?
- moves along the flank of the main body
- is supposed to attack and hold anything found out there
- should be expected to be supported by the main body if its big.
That's a textbook guard force definition. What's to wonder?