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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 493

A, Sometime last summer, the summer of 1878,
Q., He was not under oath?
As No, sir:
Q. It was not a sworn statement?
A. No. sir; the officers were talking.
Qn  Have you heard him say anything else in regard to Major Reno?
A. I don't remember any particular words, That made such an impression on
   mind., that I remembered ito
Qo Have you not heard him say since that he saw no evidence of cowardice
    the part of Major Reno at that time?
A. I don't remember,
Q, Has Lieut, DeRudio always agreed in his statements about the conduct of
   Major Reno in the timber?
A] He always stated about the same thing to me
Q,, Has he always agreed in regard to his own conduct about there?
A,., I don't know about that,
Qex, Have you heard him vary in his statement as to how he got left in the
A. I have heard him say that he dismounted to get the guidon and his horse
    got away from hirrle  I never heard him say any different.
Ql Have you not heard him say that he got the guidon on foot, and at other
    times that he got it while dismounted? (sic)
A, No, sir)
Qo Has there not been a question among officers as to the manner Lieut
    De Rudio behaved himself in that timbers
A. I don t know that t-here has been much,,
Q Has there been any question?
As Yet, siro
Q' Has there not been a question in regard to his bravery?
A, I have not heard much of it;   I have heard officers probably say they
    doubted how he was left there;  it was a question in their minds,, I
    remember who the officers were that were talking it over. There were
    many. .
2, Was there not. a very considerable difference i;] belief as to the manner
   he wao left there on the part of the officers of the 7th Cavalry?
A,, I don't know that I ever heard many express thatt
Q. iave you not heard some disbelieve him?
Ah  I L,-ave heard sorme (quction it  They had doubts about his story&
C"  With regard to the conduct of a battle, is it not always the subject
    conversation and criticism among the officers who participated in it?

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