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Reno, Marcus A., 1835-1889, (Marcus Albert) / The official record of a court of inquiry convened at Chicago, Illinois, January 13, 1879, by the President of the United States upon the request of Major Marcus A. Reno, 7th U.S. Cavalry, to investigate his conduct at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, June 25-26, 1876

Twenty-third day,   pp. 492-509 PDF (8.7 MB)

Page 492

The Court then adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock AoMo tomorrow Friday.,
February -7th, 1879.
                          T'ENTY-THIRD DAY
            Chicago., Friday, February 7, 1879, 10:30 A. IM,
    The Court met pursuant to adjournment.  Present   All members of the
the Recorder, and Major Reno and his Counsel.
    THE COURT WAS TE1,;N CLEARED to decide upon the request made by Mlajur
yesterday that certain questions be propounded to certain witnesses by telegraph
and after mature deliberation the Court was again opened, Major teno and
counsel being present, and the decision of the Court was announced by the
Recorder that the request of Major Reno that certain witnesses in this case
answer certain questions by telegraph is not granted.
    The proceedings of the last session were then read and approved.
                           QUEsTIC'NI BY TnlE RICORUEH*
Q. Please state what opinions have been expressed to you by any officer or
    officers who were with the command of Major Reno on the 25th and 26th
    June, 1876, in regard to the conduct of that officer, as commander of
    troops, while engaged in the timber on the left bank of the river. Give
    as nearly as you can the exact words and when and where spoken.
A. Since the time of the battle of the Little Big Horn, I have heard officers
    talk about the battle. So-me seemed to think it would have been better
    to have remained down below; and officers have expressed their opinions
    in different ways. I don't remember exactly what all of them said or
    were presents   Sometimes there were two or three. I don't remember the
    time, but on one occasion I heard an officer express an opinion that
    such an impression on my mind that I have remembered it ever since, and
    I remember who the officer is that said it, Hle said: "if we had
    been commanded by a coward we would all have been killed." Those
are his
    words as near as I can re-menber. I don't know that I have to state who
    the person was; he was an officer of the Army, I have heard officers
    in talking about the matter say they thought Major Reno lost his head
    words to that effect. I can't remember who the officers were who said
    I only remember this particular one.
Q. When and where was that?
A. That was last summer, while in camp near Bear Butte, that this particular
    thing was said v
Q. was he an officer who participated in that battle?
A. Yes, sir0
n, Sta:te his nameo
A. Lieut. DeRudioo
                                 QUESTIONS BY MNIAJOR RENO
Q, W.S'hen did he express that opinions

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