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The Reno Court of Inquiry

Proceedings of a Court of Inquiry in the Case of Major Marcus A. Reno Concerning His Conduct at the Battle of the Little Big Horn River,
June 25-26, 1876

January 13 - February 11, 1879

On June 25-26, 1876, five companies of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, engaged Sioux and Cheyenne warriors at the Little Bighorn River, in what is now Montana. The battle resulted in one of the worst disasters in U.S. military history. The 7th Cavalry lost 268 men, including Custer himself. The second in command, Major Marcus A. Reno, who survived the battle, requested a court of inquiry to clear allegations of dereliction of duty. The Reno court of inquiry was held at the Palmer House in Chicago, from January 13 through February 11, 1879. The original transcript of these proceedings, heavily consulted by military professionals and historians alike and beginning to deteriorate, was retyped in 1933 under the direction of Colonel William A. Graham, Military Affairs Section Chief of the Judge Advocate General’s Office. Still in great demand, this retyped transcript has been reproduced as searchable text and is available below in a single PDF document (86.62 MB) as well as in four, more easily accessible, separate parts. (Library of Congress Call Number KF7642.R46 G73 1995; OCLC Number 461307164)


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The Reno Court of Inquiry The Reno Court of Inquiry Introductory Materials Exhibits Volume 1 Volume 2

(Introductory Materials - 1.36 MB, Volume 1 - 50.93 MB, Volume 2 - 31.01 MB, Exhibits - 4.36 MB)
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