The Fight at Ford B Dec 12, 2016 19:02:39 GMT -5
Post by keogh on Dec 12, 2016 19:02:39 GMT -5
Of course he did. Reno and Benteens men going to Custer's battlefield after the battle was over.
McClernand made his observations on the field before Benteen rode there with his single company of about 15 mounted men (all the horses he had left to mount). Reno was not with him. Even if you think McClernand arrived after Benteen did, I don't think McClernand mistook Benteen's 15 men for the shod tracks of 2 companies in column formation.
Godfry marked the map with the trail at the RCOI 8 years before visiting with GAll. So ...yes.... he found and told about the trail 2 days after the battle. In fact he said he was ORDERED to go find the trail Custer used from the bluffs to the battlefield.
Yes, and 2 days after the battle Capt. Freeman marked on his own map the trail going over Luce Ridge to Nye-Cartwright Ridge thence to Calhoun Hill, so clearly the fact that at least a portion of Custer's troops took that route to Battle Ridge should come as no surprise to anyone. 10 years later, Godfrey would get the idea from Gall that all 5 companies traveled over that route, and that's where the controversy comes in.