The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Part
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1) The first group to attack is Major Marcus Reno's
second detachment (Companies M, A and G), conducted after receiving orders
from Custer, as Custer's Crow scouts reports Sioux tribe members are
alarming the village. Who gives Major Reno, Custer's order?
- Lt. William W. Cooke
- Lt. John M. Jackson
- Lt. Mark Reynolds
- Lt. John Baker
2) Reno's force crosses the Little Bighorn at
the mouth of what is today Reno Creek. What is the time?
- around 3:00 a.m.
- around 11:00 a.m.
- around 1:00 p.m.
- around 3:00 p.m.
3) Reno advances rapidly across the open
field towards the northwest, his movements masked by the thick
bramble of trees that run along the southern banks of the Little
Bighorn river. The same trees on his front right shield his
movements across the wide field over which his men rapidly ride,
first with two approximately forty-man companies abreast and
eventually with all three charging abreast. The trees also obscure
Reno's view of the American Indian village until his force have
passed that bend on his right front and is suddenly within arrow
shot of the village.
4) He orders his troopers to dismount and deploy in a skirmish
line, according to standard army doctrine. In this formation,
every fourth trooper holds the horses for the troopers in firing
position, with five to ten yards separating each trooper, officers
to their rear and troopers with horses behind the officers.
5) After about 20 minutes of long-distance
firing, Reno has taken only one casualty, but the odds against him
have risen and Custer has not reinforced him. Trooper Billy
Jackson reports that by then, the Indians have begun massing in
the open area shielded by a small hill to the left of the Reno's
line and to the right of the Indian village. From this position
the Indians mount an attack against the left and rear of Reno's
line (3), turning Reno's exposed left flank. How many warriors
make the attack.
- 150 warriors
- 250 warriors
- 500 warriors
- 750 warriors
6) They forced a hasty withdrawal into the
timber along the bend in the river.(4) Here the Indians pinned
Reno and his men down and set fire to the brush to try to drive
the soldiers out of their position.
7) After giving orders to mount, dismount and
mount again, Reno tells his men, "All those who wish to make their
escape follow me," and leads a disorderly rout across the river
toward the bluffs on the other side. The retreat is immediately
disrupted by Cheyenne attacks at close quarters. Later Reno
reports that troopers have been killed during the retreat and
subsequent fording of the river, with another officer and 13-18
men missing. Most of these men are left behind in the timber,
although many eventually rejoin the detachment. According
to Reno, how many men are killed?
8) Reno's hasty retreat may have been
precipitated by the death of his Arikara Scout, who has been shot
in the head. Who is the dead Arikara Scout?
- Raging Bull
- Cheyenne Bodie
- White Cloud
- Bloody Knife
9) Atop the bluffs, known today as Reno Hill,
Reno's shaken troops are joined by Captain Benteen's column
(Companies D, H and K), arriving from the south. This force has
been on a lateral scouting mission when it has been summoned by
Custer's messenger, Italian bugler John Martin (Giovanni Martini)
with the hand-written message "Come on...big village, be
quick...bring pacs" ("pacs" referring to ammunition, meaning that
by this time Custer is most likely aware of the large numbers of
Indians they are having to face).
10) Their detachments are reinforced by
Company B and the pack train. The 14 officers and 340 troopers on
the bluffs organized an all-around defense and dug rifle pits
using whatever implements they had among them, including knives.
Who commands Company B and the pack train?
- Capt. Thomas McDougald
- Capt. Richard Reed
- Capt. Philip Carey
- Capt. Warren K. Harding
11) Despite hearing heavy gunfire from the
north, including distinct volleys at 4:20 p.m., Benteen
concentrates on reinforcing Reno's badly wounded and hard-pressed
detachment, rather than continuing on toward Custer. Benteen's
apparent reluctance to reach Custer prompts later criticism that
he has failed to follow orders. Around 5:00 p.m., Capt. Thomas
Weir and Company D move out against orders to make contact with
Custer. They advance a mile, to what is today Weir Ridge or Weir
Point, and can see in the distance Indian warriors on horseback
shooting at objects on the ground. Custer's battle may have
concluded. What is the believed time?
- 5:05 p.m.
- 5:15 p.m.
- 5:25 p.m.
- 5:35 p.m.
12) The other entrenched companies eventually follow Weir by
assigned battalions, first Benteen, then Reno, and finally the
pack train. Growing Indian attacks around Weir Ridge force all
seven companies to return to the bluff. There, they remain pinned
down for another day, but the Indians are unable to breach this
tightly held position. How far has the pack train traveled before
returning to the original Reno Hill position?
- Quarter mile
- Half mile
- One mile
- Five miles