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W.S. Edgerly's Story of the Battle
LIEUTENANT EDGERLY'S STATEMENT
Made 18 August 1881,
At about 10 o'clock in the morning of the 25th of June, 1876, we were, say, fifteen miles from the hostile camp. Our force was then all together. We halted while Custer went on a hill with the Crow and Ree scouts to take a look at the Inthan camp, which was in sight. When General Custer came down from the hill officers' call was sounded. The officers all went to where he was, and he told us that our presence was discovered; that his scouts had chased a small number of Indians that they had seen, and they had gotten away and gone, in the direction of the Indian camp, and as there was no use in trying to surprise them, as his intention had been, the next morning, we would press on as quickly as we could and attack them in the village if possible...
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