for himself. He will not be in on the kill today. When Custer is made general, he will rid himself of Benteen and all the other insubordinate swine. But that is for later; nothing must spoil today.Today,
Colonel Custer is going to give Kellog a show he won‟t soon forget. It will be
written up and published in newspapers from coast to coast. That will finally make Custerfamous
, which is his right. “We‟ll ride around to the rear and trample the women and children.
That will have the red bastards in disarray and we will pick them off like--
But what‟s this trooper riding up like the devil is after him?
An A Company man, from his collar button. Why has Major Reno sent him here? Custerhas sent Reno and his command around to the south end of the Indian position. He sent Bloody
Knife, his most trusted scout, along so as to insure success in finding the hostile camp. Reno‟s
attack, in fact, should be going in at this very minute. Had something gone wrong? Disgusted
with Reno‟s poor soldiering, Custer takes a deep breath and tries to look confident in front of
Kellog as the wide-eyed boy draws up next to him, his horse lathered in white sweat. Reno,Custer thinks to himself, once I lick these redskins, I am going to have your hide.III.
Private John Bailey
As we mount the ridge, we stare death in the face. Below us on the plain is the largestIndian village that any of us have ever se
men are off their horses in the distance, andfive hundred braves are trying to ring them in. Custer shouts orders and leads us down the hillinto a hollow. The Sioux are not running away, today; they are coming out to meet us. No one