Martin's "Ridge" and 3411 Aug 8, 2023 15:36:09 GMT -6
Post by johnson1941 on Aug 8, 2023 15:36:09 GMT -6
"I consider myself enormously fortunate to converse with one who has ridden up the little dip on the bluffs and usually agrees that Custer did it too."
As far as Soldier's "Little Dip"...couldn’t be all that far along the bluffs…since the Rees ran the horses up somewhere between Weir Hill & Reno Corral, & the stragglers Soldier ran into where south of Weir Hill. Martin ran into these C troop guys also - after coming back up cedar coulee with Custer's message heading back to Benteen.
Once we understand that all these horses getting played out and falling behind seemed to happen because of the gallop up to the bluffs from Reno creek, we understand how/why/where most of this dismounted trooper stuff happened - in that Reno Corral/retreat -> Weir Hill -> South Coulee area.
"I, White Eagle, and Bull followed Custer and five companies. We came upon a white soldier whose horse had given out, and he was kicking the horse and striking him with his fist and saying "Me go Custer. Me go Custer." As we went up a little dip we looked over and saw the valley full of Sioux tepees, and I would estimate that there were eight or nine big circles. The first (Hunkpapa) camp was breaking up. If I had had a good horse, I probably would have kept up to Custer and been killed with him. I soon came across a second soldier whose horse was down, overcome by heat, and he could not get him up and was swearing and calling him a son of a bitch and kicking him.
Just after this I saw Ree scouts who had captured horses come up the ridge and Strikes Two said: "Leader, I will give you this spotted horse that is leading the herd." Where they came up the river ran right along the foot of the bluff."
"How long before battle began did Rees
capture Sioux horses? Quite a while.
How far was it from place ran them up the bluffs to Reno corral?
Just about where Reno retreated up says Strikes Two."
"I kept on up the north and south coulee and soon met a mounted man whom I recognized as one of C troop, but whose name I did not know."
"Met Boston Custer half way between medium coulee and Weir Hill. Boston asked me where Custer was and if he had been attacked and I said no. Soon after met Boston I met the two men."