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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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Qo Do you remember that there were any at that time?
An I know a scout was killed. Sergt0 Hynes, of A company, was hit; and two
    or three men in company M were hit0
Q  W Was that before or after you had mounted?
A. That was before I had smounted0
C, Wh''hat was the name of the scout that was killed?
A0   Isaiah, a negro, who had lived among the Sioux for a while. He had a
    Sioux wife, I think.
i  Did youi niake any observation of that place in the woods with a view
    holding it or determining its defensibility?
A. I dido
Q. Please state 4hat it waso
A. I found myself in that clearing which was surrounded by a fringe of timbers
    and to have held that position would have necessitated six hundred or
    seven hundred men, because of its extent. You would have had to hold
    outer edge of the timber; otherwise they would have crept up and sheltered
    themselves behind the timber and come right up to us.
e. "hat is the least number of troops that could have been out round
A. I think the regiment could have done it.
%. You think one hundred and twenty men could not do it?
A, I did not have one hundred and twenty men; but I think one hundred and
    twenty men could not do it.
Q.  At what intervals would you have had to deploy your command to surround
    that position with a view of holding it? I do not mean the entire stretch
    of timber up to the bank of the river where you crossed, but that position
AO Well, sir, I could not cover it at all without putting the men so far
    apart from one another, thot their shooting would not be any support0
    fact, they could hardly be within speaking distance and make a circle,
    I mean the timber it would be necessary to cover0
W.  State what became of the wounded men that were left in the timber.
A. I suppose the Indians killed them0
Q. What steps were taken to bring then out of there?
A. I could not make any efforts; none were made.
Q0 What became of the wounded men who were left in the bottom on crossing?
A. I do not know. The Indians would not permit me to take care of them0
Qo I have this understanding of your testimony-I may be wrong-that when
    Bloody Knife was killed you halted ten minutes and formed the command.
A0 I think I said I was in the edge of the timber about ten minutes0
QG Did you remain in the timber ten minutes after Bloody Knife was killed?

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