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Charles F. Roe's Story of the Battlefield
A Second Cavalry Lieutenant's account
of the condition of the Little Bighorn Battlefield
From a March 1910 article in The Castle, a magazine devoted to the interests of the 22nd Regiment of the New York National Guard
THE STORY OF A SECOND CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
WE FOUND found in the Indian village a white man's head with a lariat tied to it, which had been dragged around the village until the head was pulled off the body... His [Captain Tom Custer's] heart was cut out, and in the village was found a man's heart with a lariat attached to it, possibly Captain Custer's. In front of my Troop after we went into camp, there was a dead body lying, naked, and the features hammered into jelly. This body was soon after recognized as that of Lieutenant McIntosh by his brother-in-law Lieutenant Gibson, of H Troop, who was shown a gutta-percha sleeve button picked up near the corpse, both officers having been given the same kind of sleeve buttons by their wives just before leaving Fort Lincoln. The body of Mitch Bouyer, the half-breed scout, was found on Custer's field and not far from the river. It also was very badly mutilated." [Note: Roe was probably confusing Bouyer with Custer's head scout, Bloody Knife, who would have been hard to identify because he was decapitated. Bloody Knife was killed in the timber near the river during Reno's retreat, and subsequently mutilated badly. According to the overwhelming evidence of the eye-witness record, Bouyer was killed on the Little Bighorn at Medicine Tail Coulee, and according to Marcus Reno's final report on the battle, Bouyer's body was never found.]
With Custer On The Little Bighorn: A Newly Discovered First-person Account, by William O. Taylor, forward by Greg Martin, Viking, New York, 1996, p 44
According to William O. Taylor, Lieutenant Charles F. Roe "commanded F Troop of the Second Cavalry on this campaign and later became a Major-General of the New York Militia, wrote a very interesting story of the Custer Fight which he delivered, in 1904, before the National Guard Convention at Albany, New York. This story was afterwards [March 1910] published in The Castle, a magazine devoted to the interests of the 22nd Regiment N.G.N.Y ."
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