We will send Whittlesey and his battalion out to the Argon forest.
I don't want to send my men on a suicide mission.
Hold your positions here and we will wait for more troops.
They sent them out to the Argon forest and told them their flanks were supported by their allies, the French when they knew they weren't. Whittlesey didn't want to go because they had already sent out 2 battalions before that never returned.
Whittlesey still didn't know that their flanks weren't supported and so he continued to believe his Captain and hold their position and fight back when the Germans attacked. They continued to stay here and fight with very minimal supplies and resources.
After it was over Whittlesey was told these were "acceptable losses". Whittlesey rode back with his men instead of the General. 3 of the men received the Congressional Medal of Honor. They ended up with a total of over 300 losses, they went in with 500 men and came back with less than 200. Later on November 26th Whittlesey took a cruise and retreated to his room one night and was never seen again.