With respect to Reno, my recollection is the he stopped his charge and began a retreat/rout when it became apparent he was massively outnumbered. He fought a bloody retreat as he was pursued for several miles before finally forming a defensive perimeter on some high ground to be joined by Benteen. Meanwhile Custer was approaching the village from a different direction on higher ground.
Dave Saxton wrote:..... The standard procedure was to dismount and assume a firing position, hoping your poorly trained remount horse didn't bolt. ....
Indeed US cavalry during the ACW fought dismounted as much or more than it fought mounted. But a couple of questions.
Even now, after a hundred years, his name alone will start an argument. More significant men of his time can be discussed without passion because they are inextricably woven into a tapestry of the past, but this hotspur refuses to die. He stands forever on that dusty Montana slope. What a flamboyant, outrageous figure. What a sense of himself he had. General George Armstrong Custer! His name reverberates like the clang of a sword.
Good movie that included the passage of some goverment scandal in which Custer testified against General Grant and General Sherman, I think (maybe Grant was President already).
I do remember Custer decision not to take the Gattlings from that series.
What is less understandable to my eyes, is Custer turning down the offer of another four companies or so of cavalry from another regiment to reinforce the 7th. That might well have made a big difference.
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