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Interview with Curley, September 30, 1913, Thomas Le Forge, Interpreter1
The reason White Swan and Half Yellow Face went with Reno was that at about the time Custer left the divide, he ordered these two Crows to go to a certain high point on a butte and take a look. They did this, and instead of coming back to Custer and reporting, they went over to Reno's battalion and remained with him. The other four Crows remained with Custer until we got to ridge south of Medicine Tail coulee. Here Hairy Moccasin, White Man Runs Him, and Goes Ahead left us, and Mitch and I went on. We joined Custer on Medicine Tail Coulee as he was advancing toward the village. He did not halt after we joined him. He had all the bugles blowing for some time, the purpose of which I did not understand [perhaps he was having them play Garry OwenWMC].
I had seen Reno defeated in the bottom and discussed it with Mitch. I saw Mitch say something to General Custer when we met him and presumed that he must have informed him about Reno's situation.
On the battlefield, near Calhoun marker, I saw Mitch talking with the general. Mitch said that Custer told him the command would very likely all be wiped out and he (Custer) wanted the scouts to get out if they could. I was riding my own horse. I found a dead Sioux and exchanged my Winchester for his Sharps rifle and belt of cartridges.2 On my saddle I had a coat made of a blanket with holes cut out for arms, and a hood over my head. In this fashion I rode out.
I first went over to Lookout Point and remained at the summit, on back side, until sundown. From there I could see soldiers gathered
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1. Camp MSS, field notes, unclassified envelope 71, Lilly Library.
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2. There is a variance in Curley's statements about the rifle he obtained from the Sioux Indian. In the 1908, 1909, and 1910 interviews it was a Winchester. It may be an error of interpretation here that the rifle was a Sharps.

 
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