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Interview with Thomas M. McDougall1
Says Co. B and himself along on Reno's scout. Says Co. I and Keogh along on Reno's scout.
McDougall says in letter February 26, 1909, that shortly after [he] passed the burning tepee, eight or ten Indians passed with about 15 ponies. Ask if he meant 15 besides the ones they rode. Yes. Also when and where did he see the remainder of the Rees? Did not see them. What the scout said when he passed McDougall, the scout being among Rees: "Whole Sioux nation over there in valley and I am going back to Powder River cantonment."
Hare2 met pack train about 1/2 mile east of Reno hill. Did packs follow right on Custer's trail all way to bluffs? Turned to left a little before got to bluffs and joined Reno. Says he saw and talked with Boston Custer when he came back to the pack train. [Ask] McDougall as to what time he came up to Reno (about 4:00 p.m.) and particularly whether Custer's trail passed near by where Reno afterward fortified. Don't know. In the court of inquiry Reno admits that it did, or says
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1. Walter Camp field notes, folder 24, BYU Library. Thomas M. McDougall was Captain of Company B and was with the pack train on June 25. He was born on May 21, 1845, at Fort Crawford, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and at the age of eighteen was appointed second lieutenant in the 10th Louisiana Volunteers of African Descent, and served during the Civil War. He was assigned to the 7th Cavalry on December 30, 1870, and was engaged in some notable campaigns in the following years. He was retired for disability on July 22, 1890, and resided in Wellesville, New York. He died July 3, 1909, and was buried in the National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. His letter dated May 18, 1909, Wellesville, New York, to Edward S. Godfrey concerning the aftermath of the Little Bighorn River fight is in the Manuscript Room, New York Public Library.
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2. Lieutenant Luther R. Hare had been on duty with the Detachment of Indian Scouts, and after the retreat from the valley fight, Benteen ordered him to ride to the pack train and hurry it up to Reno hill.

 
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