Hi Tom How do you know Benteen conveyed those orders to Weir on the trail? Benteen stated at the RCOI that he aquainted Weir with the message carried by Martin.
The colonel brought up an issue re regimental unit structure....... The battalion entity in 1876 could exist for milliseconds. Now I'v always held that Benteen relinquished command of his battalion and that this was derliction of duty. Now if as the Colonel suggests that the "battalion" had a very short shelf life then Benteen and likewise Weir have no questions to answer re their conduct in this regard. Benteen although senior is no longer Weir's CO and nor is he any longer battalion commander. And with Reno shell shocked we have a command vacume and conflict of authority. Under these conditions a case can be made that Weir's actions were as justified as Benteen's. Maybe though Weir drank himself to death when he tried to make a move on Libby and was rebuffed. I think the sight of his butchered comrades, tortured, eviserated ,decapitated ,festering and stinking in the sun effected the man much more than missing out on some ppussy. Best Wishes Richard