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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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Q0 Did you think at that time you were in any sense responsible for the
    scattering of the command?
A. I was responsible for the union of my own battalion with the rest of the
    regiment, and I could not think they would come to me, because I was
    in commando
Q. Then you had no expectation of finding the command on that side of the
A0  I put mny command on a higher plain wohere they could be more easily
    and before going there I convinced .myself that they were not on mly
    of the river.
Q. Then you lthiought you might find some portion of the command there?
A0 I didn't know where else they could be than on that side of the river,
    cause I couldn't see them on my side of the river0  M, A and G companies
    were the only companies that got on that side of the river0
'o Wvere you in a position to hlave seen troops on your side of the river
    while you were in the bottom?
A0 Yes, sir;   to the rear or on the left0
's. Could you have seen down in front, along about the centre of the village?
    I could not;  it would have been impossible0
                          QUE;STIONS BY MAJOR RENO9 S COUNSEL
Q0  How many men did you have under your comnand when you crossed the river
    on your advance to attack at the timber?
A0  I had one hundred and twelve soldiers and officers0  I speak of it posi-
    tively because I sent to the company comimanders to send me a resort
    of the nu-mber of men they had in the saddle, I think some little distance
    before we got to the ford where we crossed0  Then as soon as we could
    any report from the scouts - I thought there were about twenty-four or
    twenty-seven of them - but they didn t remain with mie any length of
    As soon as the Indians conmenced firing their cleared out, and I didn't
    see them any inore except when we went to tihe mrouth of the Powder River,
    about ninety males away0
Q0  You said you entered that fight with friendly relations to Gen. Custer?
A.  I certainly did0
. You said you did everything to assist crnd cooperate with Geri. Custer
    fully as if your brother hadk been in his place?
A.  Fxactly,
Q.  Didn't you cross to make your charge with as wuch earnestness as you
    capable of?
A,, Never in my life did I feel more interest in the success of an engagement
    than I did in thzt because it was essentially my own regimentc
    Were not your prospects of promotion bound up in the success of the fight
    by your regiment?
A. I don't know that I could say that0   It mr.ight have given mrte sone
    of course, as being a member of a regiment that had been successful in
    contest with a large body of Indians0

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