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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
(1951)

Twenty-fourth day,   pp. 509-529 PDF (8.4 MB)


Page 518


QO Did you examine the country on the right bank of the river?
Ao I did afterward,
Q. Was there any timber on that side, dowin as far as Custergs battlefield?
A. No, sir; there was no timber where I was.
Q.  You stated that Capt. Weir went down without any order   went 'ton his
own
    hook". I believe was the expression?
A. Yes, sir0
Q. How far did he advance without orders?
A. Capt, Benteen told me he went off on 'AEs own hook, I cannot locate the
    distance.  I suppose it was a mile and a half or two miles,
Q. When was it that you sent the order to him to communicate with Gen.Custer?
A. Immediately after I got hold of the pack train and the wounded had been
    cared for"
'Z0 Where was the command then?
A. All there on the hill.
Q. 'who took that order to 1heir to communicate with Custer?
A. Lieut. Hare. I held my command as a nucleus that these people could get
    around to come to.
I. Where were the hostile Indians at the time?
A. More or less in the bottom; but I did not see as many as in the former
    part of the day. I do not know where they had gone,
C4. Please state in what way you expected him to communicate with Gen.Custer?
A. He would have his company to overcome any opposition that might be between
    the two commands. I did not think that any one man could go through;
    but I thought he could cut through with his command)
Q' Did you receive - either through your adjutant or any other proper channel
    any word from Capt. Weir at the time as to this order?
A. Lieut. Hare, who was acting as my Adjutant, came back to me and said their
    had taken him out to show the impracticability of going any further;
and
    that was the time that he (Hare) used my name and told them to come back,
.O Was any support sent to Capt. Weir at the time this order was sent?
A. At that time the whole column started toward him. He was regarded as the
    advance guard0
*6 'ias not your official report made when everything was fresh. and -more
    liable to be correct than statements made two years afterwards?
A.  The date shows when it was made,
no  Were not the details more liable to be correct than to depend on recollec-
    tion for two years?


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