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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)

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QJ Then you expected to be relieved by General Terry or by General Custer?
A. Ye's, sir0
Q0  State whether at that time, or at any time during that day, there was
    belief or suspicion on your part that General Custer and his command
    been destroyed?
At Not the slightest., The men and officers waere very tired;  they had been
    hard marched. It had been harder on the men than on the horses. The men
    were badly in want of sleep because they had been up in the saddle, 
    evening tihe whereabouts of the commanding officer of the Ltegiment was
    subject of conversation between Capt0 Benteen and myself, while he was
    lying on my blankets.
is W^;as there any suspicion on the part of anyone that General Custer and
    command had been destroyed?
A. No, sir;   there was no such impression at all, It was supposed he could
    take care of himself as well as we could, He had nearly as many men as
    I had; more than when I opened the fight,
Q   . -hat did the Indians do after you had fortified yourself?
A. They withdrew from us at axbut 9 o clock0
Q. Did they renew the attack?
A. Yes, sir; on the morning of the 26th0 I had been all round the line and
    could see them moving up the valley. It was Juuet about the break of
    I arrive  at that time .4.n the same manner as I do at 9 o'clock0.
Q0  With reference to the time you have fixed for various matters in your
    report, how did you fix it?
A. W1ell; it was gathered by rme from various persons in the cormnandl, I
    the best impression available at the timne0
Q.0 Does that remark apply to other periods of thime than the one you are
    testifying to?
A. No, sir;   I think I am nearly right about the 9 o'clock and the 2:30Q
peso But I mean the other time,
A. They were fixed by the best information I could get0
q. When did the attack commence?
A. About half past two. Before that I saw many ot' them going up the bottom,
    forming a circle around me.
Q, In what way was the attack commenced, and how long did it continue?
A0  The first thing I heard was two rifle shots, and as everything was quiet
    at that time, :it was something which attracted attention0  It was immediate-
    ly succeeded by firing Vrom all round the position. It was only when
    fired that their position was indicated by the puffs of smoke and by
    sound. There was one point behind which there was, I think, 25 Indians
    and they would fire together. They were the nearest Indians to ust, They
    were the men who hit most of the horses-
*5  Was the firing severe or not?
AO  It ;was as severe as I ever experienced,

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