Nearly lost to history, here is one of America’s most important military documents. Three years after the disaster at the Little Bighorn, a court of inquiry was convened to determine whether Major Marcus Reno should be charged with cowardice. This is the full transcript of all witnesses plus additional new information.

This fascinating collection of testimonies from many of the major figures in the battle reads like a courtroom drama. Read the experiences of the men who actually fought alongside Reno and Benteen at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Excerpt from testimony of Captain Myles Moylan

So far as the officers were concerned they all did their duty and I have no doubt that they did it well. I had no opportunity to see very much of anyone excepting Captain Benteen. His conduct for coolness and gallantry was perfectly superb, no other word would express it.

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