A zoomed in photo of the red roofed buildings where the skirmish line was located. Sorry for the slightly fuzzy focus....zoomed in and a windy day.
After "charging" down the valley, dismounting to a skirmish line, and then falling back into the woods, the next phase was a generally panic stricken rush to "get out of Dodge" and get over the river and up onto the bluffs....to perceived "safety". Not one of Reno's finer moments....
One can only imagine the sheer terror the troopers felt - a frontal assault gone bad, seemingly hordes of warriors boiling out of the village, the redeployment into the wooded area and then the panic stricken rout to the river. If they managed to survive that far, they then had to get across the river and up to the top of the bluffs. It's easy to see why Reno's battalion was effectively spent and ineffective after this experience.
More in the next post as I follow the battle flow through photos.