Timing issues and distance. Mar 19, 2015 18:40:40 GMT -6
Post by herosrest on Mar 19, 2015 18:40:40 GMT -6
Luther Hare, of course. Camped on Rosebud about 5:00 p.m. June 24. Marched again at 11:00 p.m. and does not know how far from camp to point where turned up Davis Creek. Did not know how left Rosebud until next morning. Marched until some time before daylight and then went into camp and lay there until between 8 and 9. Before this Custer had been out ahead with scouts viewing valley of Little Bighorn. Marched again between 8 and 9 and went up nearly to divide and halted. Lay concealed less than 1/2 mile east of divide for more than an hour. This was between 10:00 a.m. and noon. During this halt Custer again went to Crows Nest to look at Indians.
After Custer had come down from Crows Nest he heard Mitch Bouyer say to him: "General I have been with these Indians for 30 years and this is the largest village I have ever known of," evidently judging from the signs of the trail.
After leaving the divide Varnum pulled out with the Rees, and Hare took the Crows. (ouch!) Custer told Hare to keep a lookout and send back a report as soon as he should discover any Indians. Hare pulled out and after going some distance looked back and saw Custer coming right behind him with the command so he (Hare) increased his gait, but before he got to lone tepee was overtaken by Sergt. Major Sharrow in a great rush with Custer's compliments and said he (Custer) had as yet heard nothing from Hare. Hare sent back his compliments and said he would report Indians as soon as he could get sight of any of them. Hare says Custer seemed to be very impatient, as above account shows. (Custer's sending two or three men after Benteen, in same manner after Benteen had struck out, illustrates the same thing.)
Before got to lone tepee Varnum's scouts had come over to Hare, and Varnum and his orderly had gone on ahead toward the river. Varnum returned and met Hare just before got to lone tepee. At lone tepee Hare heard Cooke tell Reno to go on in pursuit of the Indians and Custer would follow right behind and support him. Thinks Custer may have later repeated the order verbally. Before this Custer had ordered the scouts ahead but they refused to go and Custer ordered them to be dismounted and their horses taken from them. Gerard explained matters to the Rees and so they rode out ahead of Reno and reached Ford A about 1/2 mile ahead of them.
(Note) By this recollection, Peter Thompson can be accommodated, however Custer then visited Crow's Nest twice - which generates debates which challenge drying paint for priorities.
(Note) Rees did not want to go alone. Wanted soldiers with them. This was result of misunderstanding on their part.
It is possible the Rees felt that they would act as lightnig rods for trouble, in striking first.)
Shroedinger's - A Trooper with Custer: Augustus DeVoto's Account of the Little Big Horn - Previewed at JSTor www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4519273?sid=21105708152711&uid=4&uid=2&uid=70&uid=3738032&uid=2134 and researched by Université Libre de Bruxelles - Année académique 2013-2014 - Faculté de Philosophie & Lettres; here = www.academia.edu/8751733/The_Battle_of_Little_Big_Horn
For those who just cannot get enough, here's Fox's take on it unravelling rather than disintegrating. homepage.ntlworld.com/adam.fox57/MikeFox/LBH/T
DeVoto is central to comprehending &th Cavalry's advance but little availed of. Remarkable! Yes. Brussels has sprouted interest in the battle.