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The numbered items below are in chronological order, and correspond to the numbers on the " Peter Thompson at the Little Bighorn Map ," shown above.
Fellow Seventh Cavalry trooper John Brennan suggested they stick together, but then he thought better of it and rode off Half Yellow Face just kept repeating " Heap Sioux. Heap shoot ," and then rode away Just as Thompson"nearly gained the top" of a small hill on the lower Medicine Tail Coulee trail, he saw five Sioux But a startled flight of birds rising ahead of him made him turn off and instead make " a bee line for a pilar of rock above me Thompson managed to elude the Sioux, though, and followed a trail that was " washed very badly on both sides as it descended towards the river.
Watson went first, and Thompson covered him. When Watson was part way across the Little Bighorn, an Indian appeared on the oppsoite bank. Thompson fired at him, but his gun jammed. Digging the shell out of his carbine with his thumb nail, Thompson calmly reloaded and dropped the Indian with his second try.
Thompson and Watson decided to hide in an oxbow with " water on three sides. Still bent on rejoining Custer, they tried their only other option -- the right bank where the Little Bighorn River ran hard against the bluffs Thompson and Watson went as far as they could go and then tried to climb cliffs, but part way up they saw Indians above them, so they had to reatreat again.
Thompson told Watson, " Stretch yourself! After running for awhile, Thompson and Watson were delighted to see what they took to be a white man and a Crow scout coming up behind them. Their pleasure turned to dismay, however, when the two riders jumped off their horses, threw their rifles across their saddles and fired at Thompson and Watson Thompson and Watson ran some more until they came to a group of Indians having some sort of meeting in a clearing, but they managed to sneak by them in the underbrush along the river Thompson and Watson saw horsemen with Seventh Cavalry guidons climbing the bluffs aboveand decided to intercept these American troops as soon as possible As Thompson and Watson struggled up the bluffsThompson began to flag, but Watson urged him on McGuire recalled when "Thompson came back, the Sioux were already firing.
Each man, commencing at the head of the company calls out in turn his number; one, two, three, four, and so these are repeated until the company is all numbered into sets of fours. Cavalry men dismount and fight on foot except when a charge is made, but when a dismount is ordered, number four remains on his horse, numbers, one, two, and three dismount and hand their bridle reins to number four who holds the horses, while they deploy as skirmishers or as otherwise directed.
The men composing the four with myself were Fitzgerald [Pvt. John Fitzgerald], Brennan [Pvt. John Brennan], and Watson [Pvt.
James Watson], and although composing one of the sets of fours that entered into action with Custernot one of us ever reached the battlefield which proved fatal to Custer and his men. Both Brennan and Fitzgerald turned their horses toward the rear, when they had gone two miles beyond the lone teepee.
The detail of Company F which was sent to investigate the teepee, now passed by us on their way to the front with the report that it contained a dead Indian and such articles as were deemed necessary for him on his journey to the "Happy Hunting Ground.
For about three miles on the left bank of the river the teepees were stretched, the white canvas gleaming in the sunlight. Beyond the village was a black mass of ponies grazing on the short green grass.
When the companies came in sight of the village, they gave the regular charging yell and urged their horses into a gallop. There were others also in the same fix. All urging on my part was useless. Getting vexed I dismounted and began to fasten on my spurs, when I heard my name called and, on looking up, I saw Brennan near me on horseback.
He asked, "What is the matter? My spurs having been poorly fastened came off again, and seeing a pair lying on the trail, I got off my horse to secure them.
Hearing an oath behind me, I looked back and saw my comrade Watson trying to get his horse on its feet. The poor brute had fallen and was struggling to gain an upright position. Finckle] of our company sitting calmly on his horse looking on and making no effort to help Watson in his difficulty.Find facts, photos, information and history, travel videos, flags, and maps of countries and cities of the world from National Geographic.
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