The Bugle on Last Stand Hill
SOUNDS OF BETRAYAL
During the last stand, Beard and Crazy Horse tell us about soldiers in the last stand hill who were playing bugle until the end.
Custer's men were probably making efforts to take the attention of the soldiers on Weir Point - men who never came, and never attempted to come, except Captain Weir, who acted by himself.
" The bugle call was the means by which orders were relayed and transmitted. Chief Trumpeter Henry J. Voss was part of the Headquarters Group and his body found on LSH. Voss, a trumpeter of G Troop, was assigned to Custer that day as an orderly messenger and though his body location is disputed, I tend to accept it was found on a slope of LSH. To the extent that Custer, or whomever was in command, wanted to relay orders to the scattered survivors or was sending a last plea to Benteen, who was expected to show at any second and rescue them up until the last man died, the bugle was the sole methodology available to them. " (Arthur Unger, author of "The ABC of Custer's Last Stand")
The bugle : sound of betrayal.
BENTEEN, RENO, WHERE ARE YOU?