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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-second day,   pp. 469-492 PDF (9.4 MB)

Page 491

Ac No;, sir; I do not-
QO State whether in a cavalry charge or in troops advancingp, the dead bodies
    on the field will aipear in line showing resistance, or scattered,
A, I think in a charge they would show rather in a scattered condition.
^  Did you .make an examination of the river below the ford B?
A. Yes, sir;   I crossed at one place below, perhaps a half or three quarters
    of a mile - there was a good ford there.
Q  here there indications that it hadc been used by the Indians?
A. Yes, sir;   it had evidently been used either by Indians or buffaloes,
                               QUZ-hTIOINS BY THE COURT
F rom what direction did you approach that field?
A,, I came froin the north - I came up the valley-
Q. You did riot go over the trail the troops probably pursued in going there?
A^ I went up to the point known as ford A and rode over it, and went over
    what was known as Reno's position, but not back beyond A-
H iow was the cross]ing of the river between A and B say Lor some hundreds
    of yards up from B?
A0  I don-t think it possible for a command to cross there if resistance
   were m,,,ade;, Not only was the crossing bad5 but the approach to it,
   acoount. of t-he precipitous bluffs, It would be difficult for a comnand
   to get down there even withoat resistance
.  Don't you know that fords sometimes change, and that what may be a practi-
    cable ford one year is rot certain to be practicable another year?
A. That viould be th-e case in a stream with a soft bottom, That had a hard
    gravelly botAt~oa, and I don't think it would change much.
                          QUk 5TIONS BY 51AJOt, {ri4D
Qe  ihat was the character of the right bank of. the stream from the point
    to the point BP
A. I +think it was prett y generally a cut bank  I tried to cross It at
    several places and I dontt think it wouldl be practicable to cross it
    res~lstance were made at any poinrt betiweien Av and B
                          QUESTIONS BY THIE, tXCORDER
Q   1. olloi,,ing. the banks o f the ravinse fromi P. did you notice the
    to it?
  \~~ iX 6> Sr - -L w#ent down4R th1e ravne o.n wh1JZ may{ be8. kir~t1own
as the left balnk
    of it, I suppose tvo irdl-cz.l9 and then crossed it
s.  There are bluffs on the ri3gh  bank following it. from t'he mouth up?
    A After you get above the mouth 30 or 40 yards, it wou tld be difficult
    cross it t211 you went up nearly, two rniles, It had steep cut banks.
    The: wItnesn- then retirer,

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