This fellow was a soldier in I Troop. As Ford B was attacked his horse, perhaps hit, run's away with him, runs through the Village, jumps the Reno ditch to Korn's amazement and run's up to Reno's command and drops dead from 5 bullet wounds. Korn fearful of the firing squad keeps it pretty quite his whole life that ends at Wounded Knee. The Indians say 4 men made it across to the Village. Girard found 2 bodies on the West bank. References here are written by a History PhD, Albert Winkler as "The case for a Custer Battalion Survivor: Private Gustave Korn's story" in Spring 2013 issue of "Montana, The Magazine of Western History". Korn is the fellow that is alway's holding Comanche, Keogh's surviving horse.
Korn's story was told when? Was it not told many years after the battle when many survivors had left the army? It seems many of these old soldier stories remind me of high school reunions when old football players somewhat enhance their past exploits on the gridiron. Korn may well have related this story as an explanation of his having left his Company I and ending up on Reno's bluff. Could it not possibly be as suspicious as Kanipe's? Amazing that with all the factual information, reports and true proven reminiscences we would even spend time on stories such as these. Regards Dave
What I would ask is have you ever had a horse take off on you? An unwounded horse. I have. What is surprising is there are not more. What is unique is Korn didn't really embelish it much and also describes Reno's trench. Perhaps Fred has seen if the trench was discussed much. It seem's like it was forgotten and fell on deaf ears at the RCOI. It is so important to everything but I just don't know. They seemed through out history to treat soldiers so poorly in that they expected them to die in place or be executed where an Officer like DeRudio acting as a common deserter get's a pass and tries to keep the spot light on Reno.