The March East Nov 1, 2023 9:54:41 GMT -6
Post by herosrest on Nov 1, 2023 9:54:41 GMT -6
Gibbon described the terrain very well. He did not measure it. He turned on the bluff top towards HR which was then and is now - highest. The ridge and hill where it terminates are the highest terrain within any view.
About half a mile - Reno and Benteen. The point was that Reno did not get a view beyond HR towards the CB and MH.
Your 2700' translation - I was measuring from towards the Benteen position to south end of RBDS, where Martin was, with Benteen. Measure from there.
When the retreat arrived into the water, men and horses jammed into the mouth leading off the flat and some moved off lower and others higher along the stream. That scattered them going for the heights, hence Culbertson arrived above on the bluffs and DeWolf moved into contact downriver which killed him. Others following DeWolf were called off and veered upriver. It was desperate and not pretty with casualties all along the way being picked off from above and below by marksmen in volley. The scouts went across even lower down and were cutoff and surrounded. Yet others crossed downriver and returned across it to the timber. Dead in the valley, in the water, on the banks and up the bluffs; with wounded men struggling in on horseback as best they could. According to one of the Rees, don't remember which, those in company with Reno rallied on the way and distributed ammunition (one assumes from saddle-bags) before continuing up.
As I said, the RBDS had no bearing on events of the retreat and rally on the bluffs. At Chicago, Reno stated that his intent was to reach the heights in order that the regiment should rally on him - that's in black and white, but of course is nuanced by hindsight and CYA. If that position was his idea of salvation then he truly belonged on the funny farm. He had not seen the terrain up there and did not have a clue what was up there beyond a hat waving party. Mayve it was code. Maybe waving a hat means...... Come here, immediately!