28 Bodies in Deep Ravine Jan 29, 2020 6:16:32 GMT -5
Post by bluehorse on Jan 29, 2020 6:16:32 GMT -5
I have a number of questions about the movement of E troop off LSH towards Deep ravine, the first being, was it a tactical move, and if so, what was it's purpose?
Given that their move proceeded that of those last poor souls who fled the hill when they saw that they had no alternative, and give that almost all the bodies that were identified --- 28 being a round figure ---- were members of E troop, it seems highly unlikely that this was just a spontaneous break for freedom.
If they were indeed ordered off the hill, then this raises several questions. Was it simply because there were already too many gathered in that area to be able to adequately defend it? Or was because there was a last minute plan to try and break out and cut their way through back towards Reno and Benteen, but, given that E troop had already lost their horses, that they couldn't be included in the plan? In other words, they would have been a hindrance, in the sense that the mounted men could only move at the pace of those who were on foot?
If this was true, then it would make some sense, for they couldn't have stayed behind on LSH whilst the others rode off, for they wouldn't have stood a chance. Better then that they moved off the hill as a tactical unit, and look for somewhere that could be better defended. But where would the be, the trees around the river, or the ravine?
Neither seems a very good bet to me, but then needs must. The river was a long way away for dismounted men to run to on a a very hot day with Indians all around them, and then when they got there, they would have had to ford it in order to get in amongst the tree cover, but then maybe they didn't know that at the time. As for the Ravine, well, again, I'm not a military man, but that would seem to make no sense at all, and in fact we see what happened to them when a number of them actually went down into it.
So, in many ways a hopeless task, but as I say, needs must. In which case, I have one last question. If it was a tactical move, then how would they have carried it out? Would they move forward with one platoon out front creating a fire field, and then dropping back to re-load whilst the other platoon took their place to fire in their turn? Like I say, I'm no military man, so I'm curious as to what the tactics might have been.