Lieutenant General Miles' analysis of Little Bighorn
WHAT THE SUPREME COMMANDER SAID
source: US Lieutenant General (supreme commander of the army) Nelson A. Miles, Personal recollections..., The Riverside Publishing, 1897, pages 208-210, 289-290
Lieutenant General Miles (Medal of Honor) was a Civil War and Indian wars hero. He was the most successful Indian fighter of American history. He studied the Battle of the Little Bighorn during twenty-two years, interviewing witnesses, exploring the field and making reenactments of the battle with troops. General Miles bio here
"Captain Benteen halted his men and helped to rally the battalion of Major Reno. In that vicinity, the two commands remained the entire day and night. One commander (Reno) had received positive and repeated orders from Custer to attack the enemy; the other had received Custer’s last and equally positive order to “Come on”, “Be Quick” and “Bring Packs” containing the reserve ammunition.
The courier who brought Custer’s last message was the best possible guide to be had to lead the way to Custer’s position if any direction was needed; but the sound of the rifle shots and the volleys down the river indicated exactly where the troops and ammunition were required and should have gone.
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