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

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    the rations were taken.,and wiere in the hands of the men and on the
    The rations in the pack train were under the charge of the Company commando
Q0 What expectation of support had you at the time you entered the timber,
    from what direction did you expent that support to come?
Ao From the manner I received the order, I could not conceive of any other
    manner of being supported except from the rear.
t. I wish you to state whether, under all the circumstances, you felt that
    you failed in any manner in the discharge of the duty that was expected
    of you on the day and night of the 25th or the 26th?
Ao I did not fail0   I think the results of those twco days ought to justify
    what I did.
    Was there ever any difficulty between you and Mro Girard?
A. Well; I thought he was stealing from the government and I discharged him.
Q. When was it you discharged him?-
A. I think the reports of the quartermaster will show that I discharged him
    in the fall of 1875   perhaps in the last month of that year.
                            QUESTIONS BY THE RECORDER
Recorder Lee   You .,poke in regard to the dust on the Indian trail0 W-,here
    was tnat?
Witness   Well, sire, we had passed Indian camps and big trails from the
    we left the mouth of the Rosebud. In one vacated camp we counted four
    hundred fires   that was perhaps two weeks old. As we passed up the
    Rosebud, those trails enlarged for miles before we got to the Little
Q. This dust was in the vicinity where the camps had been?
A. Yes, and where the trails were.
'. Did you notice the dust two and a half inches thick on the trail you were
    on, on the 25th?
A. Yes, sir;   I remember that, because Adjt, Cook came and put a portion
    the command off the trail because we were making so much dust. I did
    see that done   he did not tell me about it0
Q. What portion of the command did he put off the trail?
A. He did not tell me; I was afterward informed about it.
Q. Woould not any column marching in that country raise considerable dust?
A  N Not off the trail0
Q, You were in advance when you saw the dust you speak of?
A. I was in different parts of the column. I was second field of ficer,,
    remember leaving the column and going with Lieuts0 Wallace and Hodgson
    a spring to get a drink of water.
. In regard to the anauiunition that the -men were required to carry, I wish
    you to state whether or not it is a general order always., lwihen troops
    on an expedition of this kind, to take one hundred-rounds of a-mmuni'tion?

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