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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-sixth day,   pp. 542-553 PDF (7.9 MB)

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personal. interest in this case, and whatever I may say will be from a sense
of duty, and if I err, I hope it will not be attributed to any bias or
prejudice. As far as I amt able to discover this investigation has brought
out all the material facts - if any remain undeveloped it is certainly no
fault of mine, for I have endeavored to elicit everything that might have
bearing on this matter. There are doubtless a great many persons who could
give testimony in this case who have not come before the court, but enough
witnesses have been called to cover all the ground, and the summoning of
witnesses would only be to give a repetition of facts and details which
have been fully laid before the court.
    The testimony of twentythree witnesses has
were subpoenaed at the request of Major Reno as
been taken.
Of these, fifteen
Lieut. Col. M.2 V, Sheridan
Capt0 Few t. Benteen
   't Miles 1Moylan
   't Those. McDougall
   " Jo Scott Payne
Lieut.0 W. S. hdgerly
i eut, C, A. Varnum
Lieut, L. R, Hare
Lieut. George D. Wallace
Lieut. Edward Maguire
Citizen FP' Fe Girard
Dr, Porter, late A. A) Surgeon
Sergeant Culbertson
Trumpeter Martin
Major i>4 A. Reno
Mily, Secy,
7th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
5th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
7th Cavalry
Eng. Corps
Co. "I", 7th
Co   H "., 7th
7th Cavalry
who testified in his own behalf., Of the foregoin'g names the majority were
also furnished me on ny application from Headquarters Department of Dakota,
and from the Headquarters of the Seventh Cavalry.
    In my capacity as recorder I subpoenaed the following additional wit-
Capt. E. S. Godfrey
Capt. bE G, Mathey
Lieut0 C., C, DeRudio
Sergt, Edward Davern
Citizen B. F. Churchill
Citizen John Frett
Citizen George W,'d Herendeen
Col. John Gibbon
Citizen Frederick W;hittaker
"F", 7th Cavalry
7th Infantry
    Of this number all have testified before the Court except Mr,, Whittaker.
Of all the witnesses who have testified eleven were officers who were
participants in the events of the 25th and 26th days of June, 1876  Four
were officers who visited the field of battle afterward. Three were enlisted
men who were actually present, and five were citizens who were also present
at the time, I mention these matters to show that as wide a scope as possible
has been taken in regard to the number of Witnesses cant their sources of
information bearing upon the subjects of enquiry.
    The order convening this court issued from the war Department at the
quest of Maj. M. A0 Reno to investigate his conduct at the battle of the
Little Big Horn River on the 25th and 26th of June, 1876, and the court is
ordered to "Report the facts and its opinion as to whether from all
circumstances in the case any further proceedings are necessary". Major
Renois request is accompanied by a copy of a letter emanating from Mr,,
Frederick Whittaker, of Mount Vernon, N. YO, and addressed to the Hon, Mr,
Corlette, of Wyoming Territory urging a similar request to the House of

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