B.J.
Washita
Wed Jun 30, 13:50

Thx Roy.
Some of the documentation indicates Benteen’s reason for not coming to Custer’s aid was he thought Custer was chasing the Indians and glory up the river and abandoning the rest of the regiment as he claimed Custer did at Washita?

Reno’s reason for not wanting to assist Custer was not wanting to leave the many wounded (at what later became known as Reno Hill). The wounded would have been tortured and killed in his view. What is your take per these two reasons/excuses?

    • BenteenGary Roberts, Fri Jul 02 13:25
      Benteen was a source of strife and division almost from the moment he joined the Seventh Cavalry. It is fair to say that his animosity toward Custer made him a most unreliable source on any matter re... more
      • Benteen told the storyDan Brown, Sat Jul 03 9:29
        that during a staff meeting of his officers, Custer complained of the cowardedly anonymous letter and wanted to know who wrote it. Benteen said that he excused himself, left the tent, checked to see t... more
    • BenteenRoy B Young, Wed Jun 30 11:24
      I have never thought Custer abandoned him. Chaos all around. I'm doing some studying on the aftermath, including Custer's return trip to Washita soon after the massacre/battle. What a grizzly site t... more
      • Washita — B.J., Wed Jun 30 13:50
        • RenoDan Brown, Thu Jul 01 6:38
          Reno gave conflicting orders on his hill. At one point he seemed willing to abandon the wounded. He was accused of being drunk. He ordered his soldiers to mount and then dismount. He was rattled. He ... more
          • Re: RenoB.J., Thu Jul 01 18:58
            Reno did not give conflicting orders “on his hill” Reno gave conflicting orders in the area of the Indian encampment.
            • Yes, in the timberDan Brown, Fri Jul 02 7:28
              Here ia a description: " Reno's Arikara scout, Bloody Knife, was shot in the head, splattering brains and blood onto Reno's face.[62] The shaken Reno ordered his men to dismount and mount again.[62]... more
          • Custer, Benteen, RenoRoy B Young, Thu Jul 01 10:57
            BJ, I wish I was more knowledgeable on this topic, but I've concentrated more on other battles in the Indian Wars. I suggest you contact Jeff Broome, Jerome Green, or Michael Khoury.
            • Re: Custer, Benteen, RenoB.J., Sun Jul 04 23:02
              Roy, I was not looking for information. Just interested in your overall perspective of Custer and his Indian wars. Since 1980 I have accumulated a lot of information about Custer and the battle a... more
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