Little Bighorn solved - The attack across MTC May 13, 2023 6:21:11 GMT -6
Post by herosrest on May 13, 2023 6:21:11 GMT -6
There is an image here looking acrross the trail towards the broken rollings ridges over which split wing theories advance elements or all of Custer's command. Look left along the road and you can see diddley squat in LBH valley. Look right and the view is as that ahead. Any movement straight ahead will tend onto the higher areas for a number of reasons but primarily to see where the next heights are. In 1876 there was a large trail down MTC to the...... ford. It would have been a tortuous trail over the watercourses feeding into the Dry Creek channel later called MTC, but also referred to as Reno Ck. and I strongly suspect it was known as Muskrat Creek, which may or may not have had forks.
Any ways, there is a ford at 'B' which Maguire marked on his map, and which some testimony during the Chicago Inquiry into Reno desribed as a watering place. From the area of the mouth of MTC, a Deep Ravine descends into the river bottom. There are videos on Youtube of re-enacters doing the crossing to the Cavalry Camp in the valley. U.S. Cavalry School crossing the Little Bighorn River June. Thus, the river could be crossed at Medicine Tail Ford. I have been told in the past that it was a bad place to cross but that is not so since the valley side is timbered, offering cover. Two hundred guns could make that grossing under cover fire from the high cut-banks.
Some of the relic finds since the 1920's have led to a modern fork of the tale, that soldiers were on ridges upto a mile east of the river which has some corroboration in participant accounts of the fighting originating from............ the 1920s. Obviously an iteresting co-incidence in time and space. Which came first? The relics or the native accounts...... that's an interesting research.
Anyway, back to the image and view across MTC. There is a relatively simple terrain feature map HERE which is of interest ONLY for its display of the terrain orientation. The predominant view of matters 1876, particularly with those visiting the terrain and convinced that that is the only way to sort out what happened, should advise the US Army to dispense with maps and map reading and just disband the army. You can see here that what is labelled as Luce and Nye-Cartwright terrain is only of value in defendeing against or checking enemy activity in MTC.
After Maj. Reno's retreat across the river onto Reno Hill, hundreds of hostile warriors rode down into and across MTC to hit Custer's command up the six and drive them ............ north.
At the time, Lt. Robert P. Hughes, brother in law and ADC to BG Alfred H. Terry, detected the trail up the bluffs taken by hundreds of hostiles and drew this on his map of the battle dated June 30, 1876 which accompanied the letter he wrote about the battle.
Here is the letter and map - link at American Treasures of the Library of Congress Memory Gallery B.
Just scroll down to Battle of Little Big Horn.
Remarkable really. What happened is finally understood, 147 years on.
There is a scene HERE showing re-enactors fighting a skirmish on the flat east of the river with Greasy Grass Hill to distant right. The filming shows perfectly the problem discovered on the ground, in 1876. You cannot see squat in valley looking across the river. This is true on the flat and up to a mile east on the high ground today named Luce, Blummer and Nye-Cartwright ridges. Because the land is in private hands next to no-one gets onto it and therefore next to no-one gains the knowledge that you cannot see anything across the river. You can from the high ground of the bluffs along the river but not from the terrain allowing access to the river. You can see absolutely nothing of the valley in travelling down MTC to the river bank. Therefore, Custer and his HQ went on Greasy Grass Hill.
What happened next?