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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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4Q  Did you go into that fight with feelings of confidence or distrust in
    your commanding officer, Gen. Custer?
A. No, sir;   our relations were friendly enough, and if my own brothers
    been in that column I could not have done any more than I did,
Q. The question is, whether you went into that fight with feelings of confi-
    dence or distrusts
A. MPy feelings towards Gen. Custer were friendly.
Q. I insist that the question shall be answered.
AG Well, sir; I had known Gen. Custer a long time, and X had no confidence
    in his ability as a soldier. I had known him all through the war.
He In your official report, if I remember correctly    and if I do not,
    please correct me   I believe it is stated that you drove the Indians
    the bottom. Describe what force you drove down the bottom?
A0  I suppose they were some forty or fifty   perhaps less. They were
    decoys sent out thered
a. Did those forty or fifty fire upon you soon after crossing the river?
A. No, sir.
Q. Was your comnand firing at all, on the advance down there to where it
A. Not by any order.
Q0 'Were not Indians driving ponies around at the time you got in sight of
    the bottom?
A. No, sir, they were not;   every pony I saw had an Indian on him,
W. Was it reported to you by some one in your command, that the Indians were
    driving the ponies in the bottom, about the time you crossed the river?
A. No., siro
'i. I wish you would state how many Indians were to your left and rear when
    you started from the timber on your retreat to the hill.
A. I suppose there were from six hundred to nine hundred0
G About what number were :n n front, between you and the village, at that
    time   can you give an estimate?
A, No, I cnnot0   There were plenty of them0
Q. Caere they is- any force on the other side of the river at that time?
A. They were0,
    In about what numbers?
AC  They had good shelter over there, amd I could not tell how many there
    were, They were within close range of us - less than one hundred yardso
.St,  a tk. e what had been the casualties in your command when you decided
to get
    out of that place?
A.  I do not remember e:%actCly0
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