LITTLE BIGHORN CAMPAIGN
Testimony of trumpeter A. F. Mulford visiting the battlefield in 1877
TESTIMONY OF PRIVATE MULFORD
Source: The Custer Myth: A Source Book of Custerania, edited by Col. William Graham, The Stackpole Books., page 378
"After a hasty breakfast we passed on over the battlefield, where a little over one year ago, General George A. Custer and three hundred brave troopers of the Seventh Cavalry, while in the line of duty, were massacred by between three and four thousand Indian warriors under the immediate command of Sitting Bull. Not one of the hostiles having part in that massacre has ever been called to account for the awful deed. Worse than that, some of these very same savages are now fed and supported by the government they fought against, and are the forced associates and companions of members of the Seventh Cavalry!
The bodies of our dead had never been properly buried. All these months had passed, yet the little band whose brave deeds of heroism will ever remain a matter of history, have not received decent burial. Their bones, divested of clothing by the heartless and brutal savages, and of flesh by wolves and other animals, lie bleaching on the ground where they fell, a sad result of the failure of Major Reno to give expected support.
Three hundred yards up the trail, we came upon the knoll where Custer and the remnant of his command made their final stand. We picture him in our mind, as he coolly loads and fires with the rest of the men, frequently glancing over the bluffs to see if Reno, whom he had so urgently requested to hasten to his support, is at hand. Reno's utter failure to respond is generally condemned."
Trumpeter Ami Frank Walford wasn't at the battle of the Little Bighorn (he joined the 7th cavalry in 1877), but discussed the fight with veterans and visited the battlefield in 1877.