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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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Al I donut think there was room enough for all; they completely surrounded
    use, There were anywhere from 1800 to 2500 I think, engaging us at one
    time. I think they all came there0 I have no means of judging. They
    fired from all around the command.
Q. Can you give about the length of the line or circle the Indians covered?
A. I donut know. I suppose you would have to take a diameter of 1000 to 1200
    yards, and multiply that by three to get the circumference,
Qn About what was the circumference?
A0  About 4000 yards   perhaps more,
Q0 The Indians were along that circle?
A. Yes, sir;   and were all the way from ten yards to 1200 yards from my
r   State at the time you received the order from Gen. Custer through Lieut.
    Cooke, what your reply was to that order, if you made any?
A. I made no reply whatever; I proceeded to carry it out.
QO Did you ask any question of Lieut. Cook as to whether you would be
    supported or not?
A0  No. sir;  I had official information that I would be supported by the
4i  Had you any reason for believing General Custer would not support you
    any other way than by following in your rear?
A0  None, sir;  in my opinion there was no other way to support me.
4i  An attack on the flank would not be a support?
A. No, sir;   not under the circumstances0
Q( Did you not state in your report that he intended to support you by an
    attack on the flank?
A0 I may have said that0
Q.  Did you not know at the tire you crossed the river that Capt. Benteen
    was on your left?
A. I did not know where he was. I never saw him after he left the column.
    He might have gone to the mouth of tahe Rosebud for all I knew.
Q0 Had you any reason to believe that Capt. Benteen might have gone to the
    mouth of the Rosebud?
A, No, sir;   I knew nothing about it.
Qe You saw his column after it started to the left?
A, Yes, sir; it disappeared in a few minutes.
    Had you any reasons for believing that Capt. Benteen had been sent so
    away that he would not be up and join in the fight?
Ad  I never gave the subject a thought0  I knew whatever orders he got he
    capable of executing0

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