Keogh at Ford "A"--Why? Nov 13, 2012 13:19:31 GMT -5
Post by Clair on Nov 13, 2012 13:19:31 GMT -5
A column travels much faster than a line, unless the line dissolves *en foragers.* So if you want to try to catch anyone, you stay in column or dissolve into skirmishers.
I can't see how you deploy weapons in column to scattered Indians across your front effectively. Exactly which Indians in scattered group would a column follow?
If you think the enemy is charging you, then you will want to deploy into line so they don't overlap your flanks (or as little as possible). So to meet head-on, you deploy into line. If you think the enemy is running, you deploy in column.
Since the 7th takes pride in its ability to parade drill just how long would it take to go from line to column once you hit something like a village requiring a different tactic?
Not much time. It is interesting that Reno did not try to deploy back into column as he neared that ditch. Column is the formation you cross obstacles in.
I suspect Reno wanted to drive the scattered Indians in the broad valley terrain rather than allow them to move to either flank of a column and escape.
Perhaps, if he thought he knew what he was doing. I think other officers have questioned his choice of tactics and formations. Normally, we could say that Reno's choice of formation indicates what he was thinking, but if he was incapacitated, that may not be true.
To me, his tactics look so inscrutable that I believe he was just incapacitated and couldn't think straight. He was incapable of making the proper decisions as to tactics and formations.