Post by conz on Jun 20, 2009 11:17:14 GMT -5
Why would they engage them, across MTC? Cavalry never attack without a reason or purpose worth the risk, especially to men's lives and horse's endurance. First, Edgerly would never have attacked anything a half mile away without Weir's command, who wasn't there. Second, if Weir were there, what would he be attacking by himself, a mile away from any other troops? To what reason would he be expending his men's lives? For a reconnaissance? I think he "reconned" as much as he was able for the risk he was willing to take. Losing men to take Luce Ridge would require a good reason, to include what he would do after he got there. Now if there were no Indians around, he "may" have gone to Luce...but even that is an awfully far way out, with the village at the mouth of MTC...how could he dare move north of that without support?
We Marines would believe if the odds were less than one to one that would not be a large number of warriors. So how many Indians would cavalry believe a large number of Indians would be? My guess it would be similar 4-5 to 1 which would be 160 to 200 Indians. If less than that we would believe we could win the engagement whether true or not.
Maybe, but I submit as above, that even a couple dozen Warriors would be enough to keep Weir from deciding to cross the MTC in this tactical situation. Now if a whole battalion were there, they would almost certainly do that...it would then be an advance, rather than a reconnaissance, and could fight its way through.