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)
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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