The only 7th Cavalry survivor of the Little Big Horn battle - 1876 in The Lounge Posted June 3, 2014 This is the very definition of the term "horse sense"; he was the only one with enough sense to run away! But the point is Derek, he never ran away. He was too badly wounded and in pain, but so incredibly loyal and disciplined, that he still stayed with his slaughtered unit, the only family he ever knew, wandering around among the carnage of mutilated dead soldiers and dead fellow horses until the 7th relief column arrived about two days later. Many of Custer`s men ran away until they were caught and killed by the Indians, but not Comanche, he stayed put. It was never ever "Custer`s Last Stand", it was Custer`s last RUN. "Custer`s Last Stand" is an ego satisfying fictitious answer to the unacceptable belief at the time that "barbaric" Indian savages could never defeat the glorious 7th Cavalry, recognized as the "Special Forces" of the day. My opinion is that the Indians were indigenous Americans, simply defending their homelands against intrusion, exploitation and aggression by white "pony soldiers" from the West. Errol Flynn may have "Died with his boots on" as last man standing by the flag in the Hollywood movie, but Custer never did. He died like everybody else and much earlier. There was never a "Last Stand", just a complete break down in military discipline and morale, blind panic setting in and men running away all over the place to be finally cut down by the chasing Indians. Many of Custer`s men simply threw down their weapons and ran. There was never a battle of the Little Big Horn, just a complete rout. Custer made the unforgivable military blunder of dividing his forces before the "battle". In times of political recession, heroes are manufactored in order to raise public moral. Custer is one of these conveniences and so a mythical legend was born.