Captain Robert Carter analyzed the Court of Inquiry and strongly condemned Benteen and Reno
"THEIR BEHAVIOR WILL BE RECORDED AS A CRIME"
source: A Very Real Salmagundi; or Look What I Found This Summer, edited by John M. Carroll, 1980, edited by custerwest.org member Jeff Veach
Captain Robert G. Carter, Capt., 4th Cavalry wrote a memorandum on September 6, 1932, after reading the report of the Reno Court of Inquiry (Little Bighorn inquiry):
Reno was a "yellow streaked coward."
Benteen a was "disloyal officer openly disobeying his commanding officer's orders, which he had in his pocket, and a traitor to his comrades and his country."
"He (Benteen) would not have been endangered by any ambush in the dry coulee down which Custer went- for his route at a lope (General Miles says in 10 minutes) he would have headed the dry coulee "Medicine Tail" straight across the ridge directly on the flank and rear of Gall's Uncpapas and stampeded both he and Crazy Horse's Ogallallas. Indians could never stand a surprise attack at any hour, morning or night, upon their flank or rear."
"With 380 men and the ammunition packs closed up, Benteen and Reno could and ought to have made that effort to save Custer's command. They they did not do so will always be recorded as a crime, in the history of the U.S. Army, especially when there stands the record of Beechers Island, the Buffalo Wallow Fight, the Wagon Box Fight, the Hayfield Fight, and scores of heroic deeds performed by both officers and enlisted men, and under more discouraging circumstances than Reno and his officers attempt to describe in the timber or on the hill (bluffs). Sometime in the future the true story of the fight on the Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876, may be brought to light."