Little Bighorn veteran Gerard explained to Walter Camp the pressure put on the shoulders of the witnesses during the Inquiry on the battle
WITNESSES UNDER PRESSURE
source: Robert Nightengale, Little Big Horn, FarWest Publishing, 1996, page 171
(Major Reno’s attorney) has written me since it was wholly satisfactory to Army People (…) they knew just was I thought long before the trial. I was closed mouth as I could be.” Letter written by Captain Frederick Benteen
Walter Camp's notes of the interview with Scout and Little Bighorn veteran Frederic Gerard about the Reno Court of Inquiry, convened January 13, 1879, to study Major Reno's actions (and also Captain Benteen's) during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
There was much dining and wining all the time the trial was going on and (Fred Gerard) knew the whole object was to compromise certain of the witnesses.
Scout Frederic Gerard