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,
January 13 - February 11, 1879
June 25-26, 1876
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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