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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 517


Q.  I merely ask for inforation,
Q4  V'el, my opinion is that they do2  I don't know anything about it   
I
    never lived with then0c
Yo ou state that you hAd gone to the hill and found that Gen, Custer's tra-.
    passed near there, Explaain when you found that trall0
A.I After coming up from the bottom, my attention was called to it.-
Q. Who called your, attention to it?
A   That I caanot say. It was after returning from. Lieutf Hodgson's body
    that it was reported, and I went to see Ivt,
Did y.i ou recognize it to be his trail?
A3 Jeo't. at all;  I recognized it to be the tzixl o f shod horses,
Q0  Capt , Benteen had arrived before that tibne?
As. Yes, sir0
Q0  Then in all probability, it could not have been thrat of' any other colaum
    but Cu.sterl2s?
A0  I think so.
l You read the order that Capt, Benteen received frora Gen. Custer?
A.  Yes,,
QC? 'ou omitted two words in repeating it. I would like you to state the
    exact wrords,.
A-, . do not reaternber the exact phraseology. As near as I can reiuember
it
    wN18as. "lBenteen;  Come on;  big village;  bie thing;  bring packs.
P.> St>
    Bring packs.
D Do you remember the words ebe quick?'l
A0 Yes, X do, now that you cal1 my attentioin to it.
(z,  Would you, as anr officer, regtard th-t as a direction that le would
bring
    the packs on n.rto th.he fight, or bring them within easier reach to
out
    them in a defensible positivion?
A, I rthink the latter supposition would be correct,
&  -Then how did that portion strike you, if yotv reflected upon it?
A,, It did not make any grea-t Ji-npression on me at the time, because I
was
    absorbed in getting those packs tocether;  and did not intend to move
    until I had dlone so,,
    ! Vronr thie number of Indians you saw around -you and your estimate
of the
    number that were tnere, did it occur to you at the time that with only
    225 -ien the might nmed some one to "be quLie Ck?
A, It never occurred to me at all., Two hundred amd twenty-five could hold
    off quite a number of Indians if they are properly disposed0
    \thaL nuAber o-' In iaris do youx refer to?3
A. T, he rrwnuber thiat I saw


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