Interview with a suvivor ( un named )
Q. You say you were engaged from 11am to 4 pm. During this time was any General or particular order conveyed to you, or your company, so far as you are aware, with reference to your plan of operations?
A. None to myself. I am not aware of any having issued to my company. I saw no staff officer, nor did I see any commander.
Q. When the general stamped took place, at about 4pm, about what number of men were still alive and engaged?
A.But few were then killed. Up to this time I never saw a dead white man or a dead Contingent.
There are some really interesting issues with the rest of this interview. But the key points made in these two questions is the time he refers to.
As this is an interview conducted at the time, and both participants were still alive at the time of publication it has to be regarded as prime source material !
All the other suvivors have left the field by 1/1.30
Does this support Mike Snooks theory of the battle being more protracted and only finishing at 5pm? Or is the suvivor so far out with his timing?
PS Anyone guess who is being interviewed.