WAITING ON RENO HILL
The witnesses make clear that after reaching Reno Hill, Major Reno wasn't under fire anymore. The warriors left him almost immediately, because they were watching the arrival of Captain Benteen and, close to him, the pack train (later, Benteen clamed that the packtrain was miles away from him, a lie confirmed by witnesses and Indian warriors).
Lieutenant Godfrey: "The Indians left Reno no more than 10 minutes after our arrival."
Sergeant Davern: "All the warriors left Reno when I arrived on the hill."
Lieutenant McClernand, of Terry's column asked Reno's survivors about the matter: "Reno had no opposition around him right after he arrived on Reno Hill."
Edgerly : "There were some Indians around the hill, but they weren't many. They were taking care of their wounded. I was too far away to see if they were warriors or old men and women."
Reno hadn't any threat around hill, while the Custer was engaging the Indians just in a ten-minutes gallop of his position. Major Reno spent 15 minutes near the river, looking for Hodgson's body, without being threatened by anyone.
Sioux warchief Red Horse was so worried about not engaging Reno that he stated: "I was worried that the other soldiers we had fought (Reno) would attack us in the rear. But they didn't do it. I thought they were lacking ammunition."
At that time, Major Reno and Captain Benteen had around 400 men, with the pack train and 24'000 rounds of ammunition.
They didn't move until Captain Weir, angered by their behavior, left the hill without order. Reno screamed at him, but Benteen eventually followed Weir 30 minutes after his departure.
Arriving on a hill named Weir Point, Benteen took a look on Custer's position, then ordered (according to Private George Glenn) to fall back. Contrary to the myth, the only Indian force Benteen was facing was Low Dog's small band of warriors.
As Lieutenant Edgerly stated (RCOI): "The Indians didn't repulse us. The order was to fall back and we fell back."
Lieutenant Godfrey: "There wasn't a fight at all."
Reno and Benteen fell back on Reno Hill without any Indian threat, while Custer took a stand on his hill.
Sioux chief Sitting Bull stated : "The soldiers were looking on the hills in the East, and in every direction. They were looking for the other soldiers on the hills, hoping that these soldiers would come and help them."
While Custer is waiting for support and in the middle of a fierce battle, Captain Weir is asking Reno (black mustache and red scarf) and Benteen to go help Custer. They both refuse.