INCOMPETENCE AND INDIFFERENCE
Reno proved incompetent and Benteen showed his indifference – I will not use the uglier words that have often been in my mind. Both failed Custer and he had to fight it alone. […] Among the several things that impressed me greatly, one was the general demoralization that seemed to pervade many of the officers and men, due in great measure, I think, to Major Reno. When an enlisted man sees his commanding officers showing greater regard for their personal safety than anything else, it would apt to demoralize anyone taught to breathe, almost, at the word of command.
Private William Taylor, Company M, 7th cavalry, after Little Bighorn
(Sklenar, Larry, To Hell with Honor, pp.260-261)