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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
(1951)

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


Page 528


C   Didnat every motive that was of value to a soldier make you desire
    success instead of defeat?
A. Certainly, beyond a questions
Do0 Do you not feel now that you did everythling to support Gen. Custer short
    of sacrificing your commnand?
A0 Yes,,, s is O
W When you returned to the hill, was it not with a view of reuniting with
    Gen, Custer instead of leit-ving him unsupported?
As. That was the action   that was the principle that actxsted me entirely,
    I wvent out of there as much to aid him as to secure aid myself0
Ad  In your report, to which reference has been made, yo-.u said words to
the
    effect tat you were convinced that Gent Custer intended to support you
    by an attack in flank?
A. Yes, sir0
Q. Wasn't that a conviction after the fight was over?
AN Yes, sire
w' That was not your belief at the time that you crossed to attack?
A. No, sir<
an  You say that you were without support on the left bank of the river,
    You say you clould see there was no support, because you could look to
    your rear and to your left?
A. To my left and to my rear,
<40 You expected the support -to come from the direction that you had
crossed?
A   yes, sir;  I did not see at the time how any other support could have
    been rendered mec.
Q0  Did you observe the character of the high land on the opposite side of
    the river?
A, I did.
Qi  And how far down that extended?
A, Yes, sir ;  I did. A rapid glance, of course.
Q0 And you felt that support, to be effective, could not come from that
    directionr?
A,- I did not think they could get down there,, I didn t think it was
    practicable to get down below me0
r   And, therefore, when you took that look from the timber, when you found
    you needed support, you had not only your rear and your left in view,
    but you also had the character of the country on the right side of the
    river?
As Yes, sir.
f  Was your stoppage at the timber, or failing to continue the charge, due
    tao the number of dead or wounded men in the conrirand?


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