Warriors on the East Side of the River Mar 29, 2012 15:31:46 GMT -5
Post by Clair on Mar 29, 2012 15:31:46 GMT -5
Oh, I doubt that. Those wouldn't look like "hills" to them, eh? They just drop off Reno's area in drainage down to the river. They are all in the narrow space from the top of the bluff down to the water. There were no Warriors in this area at all, I think...it is too close, and too exposed. The Soldiers were right on the edge of the bluff, and it dropped off right down to the water. I don't think they would call any of that as "point of hills." That term is really reserved for the skyline at a distance, at places higher than the observer, not lower. I don't think you have to worry about that area between the Troopers and the river.
"Points of hills" means the skyline at a distance, higher than the observers, like Sharpshooter Ridge and Weir Peak.
Now you claim that the Indians left the ridge with no pressure at all.
Correct...that is exactly what I believe, and just what several Warriors say (seem to say, as with all native testimony).
What happened to they were ready to pounce? Don't they need those guns you were talking about? Your reasoning is inconsistent to say the least.
Not at all...they left ONLY due to the emergency of seeing Custer in upper MTC to the north, you see? THAT threat will certainly make them all at once forget about Reno and rush to the ford to get between Custer and the village...can anyone doubt that?
The reason you can say they left early is because they were never up there in the first place....Now THAT fits.
Hmmmm....not sure why you are not getting this. The Warriors climb the bluff to the north of Reno to surround him while Benteen's column is down at Ford A. The Warriors see the pack train coming across the flats, but not Benteen, for he is out of sight. They look north, see Custer, and all disappear to the north in a matter of minutes. All while Benteen is still down at the low ground at the mouth of Ash Creek. By the time Benteen climbs the bluff in response to the 3 Crows, the Warriors to the north are gone...over Weir Hill, down Cedar Coulee, and down to the village through Thompson's ford.
Seems pretty simple and logical, to me.
Hairy Moccasin and White Man Runs him were on that ridge and they never saw your phantom Indians. Watson? Thompson? None see your Indians. Thompson does say he saw 5 Indians, not 5 hundred or many. Few is the key. FEW.
The Crows were at the southern end of the bluff during this...they may, or may not, have noticed hundreds of Lakota on Sharpshooter ridge. I believe Mathey and McDougall may have seen them, however, which makes sense, since the Warriors saw the train.
Thompson saw HUNDREDS of Warriors rush by him at the Ford. He couldn't tell if they were coming from Reno's retreat ford, or down from the bluff, but he certainly did see hundreds of them, eh?
He probably saw the great Crazy Horse himself!