|Posted By:||Craig Johnson|
|Subject:||Re: Indian Scouts - Joe BLONGER|
|Post Date:||September 18, 2003 at 19:06:13|
|Forum:||Battle of Little Big Horn Forum|
Thank you for being gracious enough to answer our questions.
Does your book make any mention of a BLONGER or BELONGER?
I recently discovered family lore regarding great-great-grand-uncle Joe BLONGER.
We know for a fact that Joe was a prospector who joined the rush to the Black Hills, and perhaps a scout who served at one time under Cody. Joe was a brother of Denver crime boss Lou Blonger.
According to an account of a story told by Joe Blonger in 1924 (recounted in 1962), Joe claimed to have attempted to accompany Custer, but was left behind, with many others, for lack of horses, or some such.
The account dwells instead on the aftermath of Little Big Horn, and Joe's conversations with Indian acquaintances, including a number of children, as to the actual events of the day.
"The older Indian children went deeper, by tapping their foreheads and declaring to Joe Belonger, that they felt sure the white pony-soldiers must have all been crazy when, watching wide-eyed and speechless, those children saw Custer's small command of less than 300 men, climb down from horse-back and attack the Cheyenne camp, on foot, that held at least 2000 warriors ... and worse yet, when there were at least 10,000 Sioux braves under Sitting Bull close by, ready and waiting to charge into the fight."
"According to earnest words from those eye-witnesses, Indian children who had no reason to lie, Long Hair and his small handful of soldiers might well have been considered as already dead the minute they dismounted and attacked hostile warriors numbering, all told, close to 15,000."