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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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A. Yes, if they expect to meet anything,
Q. Do you know whether the men had that quantity that day?
4. I stated yesterday that I did not know    that I had no time to inspect,
Q, Believing that to be the amount, was it necessary you should inspect?
A. I heard that was Gen. Custer's order, and I thought it would be complied
Q. As far as you know, the entire command must have had about the same quantity
    of ammunition?
A. I do not know it, sir.
no Could you presume that the three companies that fell to your lot would
    a less amount of ammunition than the five companies which fell to Gen,
A, No, sir; I should think they had the same amount.
Q0 You stated in your testimony that no plan was "1communicated to us",
    explain what you mean by "us" - yourself or others?
A. I mean the whole regiment. I might say there that I do not think there
   was any plan.
Q. You received an order from Gen. Custer through his Adjutant?
Al Yes.
Q. I would like you to repeat that order again,
A, "Gen. Custer directs you to move forward at as rapid a gait as you
    prudent, and to charge afterward, and you will be supported by the whole
    outfit." I think these were the exact words.
Q, You were, of course, expected to charge the Indians?
A. Yes; certainly0
Q. Then that part of the plan was communicated to you by his Adjutant?
A. I donut know that that was any part of ito
Q. It was part of the attack, was it not?
A. It was the opening of the fighto
Q. You refer to those Indians being accustomed to timber and woods. I'would
    like you to state whether they are regarded as what are called the
    Indians of the plains or as Indians of the forests?
A. That is a closer distinction of Indians than I have been able to draw
    after twenty years' service0 After you go a few miles on the Little Big
    horn, you find plenty of timber and it is a part of their country0
Q. Do you consider the country as timbered, or is it only a plain where
    there is no timber, except on the stream?
A. In the mountains there is timber. It is a very mountainous country0
Q. Do those Indians habitually remain in the mountains?
A. I have never lived among them.

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