TESTIMONIES ON RENO IN THE TIMBER
Reno’s position [in the timber] was impregnable and nothing but fear could have prompted his retreat.
Lieutenant DeRudio, Company M, 7th cavalry, after Little Bighorn
(Sklenar, Larry, To Hell with Honor, p.365)
What made Major Reno run away when he did I cannot positively know, and he didn’t tell me. […] To turn ones back on Indians without being better mounted than they is throwing away life. When he started to that hill he had told me, not one minute before, that he was going to fight – it was in reply to a question of mine.
Captain Thomas French, Company M, 7th cavalry, after Little Bighorn
(Graham, William, The Custer Myth, p.341)