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THE STORY OF PRIVATE THOMAS F. O'NEILL
"WE MARCHED until late on the evening of June 23d, then went into camp for the night. The following day we began the march at 4 a. m., continuing up the Rosebud, and made camp late that evening. About 10 o'clock that night, we received or ders to again saddle up and make a night march. We continued on the trail until 4 a. m., when we halted and made coffee, resuming the march about 6 o'clock. After a few hours we came to the head of the Rosebud. Then we began to cross the divide between the Rosebud and Little Big Horn Rivers. Shortly after this, the command halted. Officers' call was sounded, and all the officers reported to General Custer for instructions.
"This occupied but a short time, and soon we were again in the saddle. Our scouts were kept busy in front and on the flanks of the column, reporting new signs of Indians.
"We were now marching on an Indian trail which was nearly a quarter of a mile wide in some places. Indications were that large bodies of savages had very recently passed in the direction we were going. When we were within about 10 miles of the Little Big Horn River and the Indian camp, Capt. F. W. Benteen was ordered out to the left and front of us with three companies of cavalry. If he saw no Indians after going as far as he thought prudent, he was to rejoin the command. As a matter of fact, he saw no signs of Indians until he got back within sight of the river, just as Reno's men had about finished their charging through to the other side of the stream.
"Within three miles or so of the river we came to a place where a small band of Indians had been camped. We evidently surprised them, as they retreated to the larger camp on the river, leaving their cooking utensils on the fires, and one tepee standing. From this point we took the gallop, finally arriving at a high ...
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